I’ve been without internet service for a week. It made me realize how dependent I am on the internet. I’ll blog later about this blackout, which I fully blame on Rogers, my ex-provider.
Life went on also without the internet.
For telephone services, my VoIP line falls back on the cell phone and I am still connected, albeit at a much higher price (a pre-paid by the minute plan).
For news I can do without the internet for a week or so. The fallback is aerial signals. Good that I have not thrown out that old radio, and the LCD TV I use as a computer display also has a tuner.
For email I can quickly go into a coffe shop. Many of them have free wireless for customers and quite frankly those who don’t will not get my business.
Where I missed the internet most was as a reference. The internet has become integral part of my library. Need to look up a word? Want to render a series of images into a single PDF document using ImageMagick? I’ve done it in the past, but how was it again? The first reflex is to Google for it. I am rediscovering man pages, but they are so much less convenient and appealing than a search on the web. Preparing a financial statement, what was the USD to CAD exchange rate last month? now this is a difficult one to answer without internet access, and so is the weather forecast.
But now that I am up and running with TekSavvy, I get better bandwidth, more transfer, saved 25% and my Vonage phone no longer stutters.
I won’t miss you, Rogers.
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