For months, we’ve had a problem here at home. Every morning, about the same time, we’ve lost the wifi. At first, I rebooted the modem each time, but after a while I guess I got fed up with that, and noticed that all it took was a restart of the computer. All devices go down … my Mac, the iPhone, the iPad, my hubby’s tablet … Intriguing, because the internet connection is still available, and why at the same time every day?!
Finally I called Bell — our friendly Internet provider. They couldn’t figure it out either so they sent us a new modem. Yesterday I went and picked it up at the post office. Somehow, I had a bad feeling about this from the get go, and that turned out to be well founded. When I got it out of the box, I could hear something was loose inside it … it sounded like sand when I shook it a little. Tried anyways, to hook it up. It didn’t work. Tried many times, but eventually I had to call Bell. Was on the phone with them for at least forty-five minutes, but couldn’t get the Internet going. The TV was up and the landline but not the web. To make a long story a little shorter, they will send us a technician today … sometimes between 9 and 12:30 they will show up.
Hence, we would have had a «web free» Friday night … but thanks to the iPhone we didn’t. Used it as a hotspot when I felt I needed access, which made the whole ordeal a little less traumatic :D. Of course all this led to some pondering over how «Internet dependant» we are. Had I been given a choice there [hypothetically] between the TV and the Internet, I’d chosen the web, for sure.
There’s a lot of talk about addictions these days … people are addicted to the Internet, to sugar, even to food [aren’t we all?!]. As early as 1997, I was told; «watch out so you don’t get internet addicted!». Personally, I find that addiction is something that you know will cause you harm/bad consequences, but you keep on doing it anyway. So far, the Internet hasn’t caused me any harm — quite the contrary.