survival in the technological age

November 3, 2016 2:39am CST
I don't know what to do! groaned Husband in bed last night. It was only ten o'clock. I wanted to tell you about the beautiful and weird sky I gazed at in wonder yesterday morning, but the weefee on the bus was slow to the point of dead, and I had no time at work to even complete my paperwork, let alone pop on the interweb for any other purpose. He doesn't know what to do. I, on the other hand, am rather enjoying the freedom. We have no interweb access at home. We left our previous ISP on Monday night. Tuesday should have brought connectivity in the form of our new ISP. {Whoa, this bus is being speedy this morning; you all nearly fell off my lap, poor things!} The router is connected. The provider can see that the router is connected. But that's as far as it goes. The router isn't delivering the interweb into our home. They think it's something to do with the exchange point thingymajiggy, but they can't say when it will be fixed. Today? Tomorrow? Next week? Next friggin' year?! Our mobile providers are the same people. You can have unlimited mobile data for free while we fix it! they said. We can't use our mobiles at home without the special connectivity box because the signal in our town is woefully inadequate. D'oh! I now have a frustrated and sad Husband who has no idea how to spend his waking moments at home without interweb access. It's rather amusing, but please don't tell him I said that. *smile*
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@WorDazza (10105)
• Manchester, England
3 Nov 16
When we moved house recently we went for about a month without any internet access. Both of my kids were home too so I thought it was going to be a nightmare. Quite the opposite. After a few days of moaning about it everyone calmed down and just got on with life without it. By the time we got it sorted everyone agreed that they hadn't really missed it.
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@Jenning (2023)
• Nigeria
3 Nov 16
Uhmmm. I love that.
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@WorDazza (10105)
• Manchester, England
3 Nov 16
@Jenning Unfortunately as soon as we got our internet sorted everyone couldn't wait to log on to catch up on everything they'd missed.
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@Jenning (2023)
• Nigeria
3 Nov 16
@WorDazza Lolzzzzzzzzzzz Hahahahaha I knew that would certainly happen........
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@Jackalyn (6655)
• Oxford, England
3 Nov 16
Sometimesbit is good to have a break from online activities.
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@Jenning (2023)
• Nigeria
3 Nov 16
Exactly. As the internet can be sometimes a great waste to one's time, such as you can't do all you should have done at that time.
3 Nov 16
Definitely. It can become an addiction we need to wean ourselves off. However, it's annoying not being able to pop on just to do things like inputting the meter readings!
• United States
4 Nov 16
Ah just throw gently a book into his lap on something he truly enjoys but has let go because of the fascination with the world wide web access !
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6 Nov 16
It's rare that he can ever find a book he actually wants to read!
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• United States
7 Nov 16
@Poppylicious really ? There has to be at least one book that must stir his imagination, keep looking . . .
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8 Nov 16
@enlightenedpsych2 Oh, there have been. He likes Stephen King and Terry Pratchet, but I fear he's read them all. :)
@jaboUK (54055)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 16
I don't have that problem as my husband has never touched a computer in his life.
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4 Nov 16
But would he have to suffer your frustration if you couldn't get on myLot for a couple of weeks?!
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@jaboUK (54055)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 16
@Poppylicious I think he'd be glad - he calls himself a computer widower. Actually I could find plenty of things to do if I couldn't get on the computer - I managed without it for 73 years
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4 Nov 16
@jaboUK True!
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@LadyDuck (157953)
• Switzerland
3 Nov 16
Poor hubby, I cannot imagine my husband without the Internet connection. No, I do not want even to think to this possibility.
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4 Nov 16
At least I know you can relate to my terrible sufferances this weekend!
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@LadyDuck (157953)
• Switzerland
4 Nov 16
@Poppylicious Absolutely, I can imagine your terrible sufferances. Your photo is beautiful.
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4 Nov 16
@LadyDuck Awww, thank you. :)
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@SIMPLYD (79835)
• Philippines
4 Nov 16
I think that's what my husband feels when the internet is so slow and he cannot open facebook to see what his friends posted specially the videos that always makes him laugh and he would even call me to look at it. Sometimes i wish that the internet is down . Why , because i am on my iPad and hubby is at his desktop outside of the bedroom . So, sometimes i call him to come inside so we could at least catch up with the day's activities . Good thing he obeys .
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4 Nov 16
If I didn't think it would make the living room messy I'd insist on the computer being in there. At least we would get to see each other more!
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@SIMPLYD (79835)
• Philippines
5 Nov 16
@Poppylicious Sometimes , we just have to strategize .
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• United States
3 Nov 16
aw, bless 't! i do so love the way ya tell these tales, my friend :) yer hubs sounds like the eldest son, 't a complete loss without the interweb'n all the fascinatin' schtuff he can learn/do whilst such's workin' fine. i do hope they get such corrected 't yer place. otherwise, ya might be sufferin' a weekend 'f whinin'! big hugs!! p.s. the hubs's that way with the t.v. - we've no cable (ya know, coz we're cheap) 'n get jest the basics. if'n a storm's brewin' to the north, 5 'f our 8 channels 're gone. i'd ne'er know such a thingy if'n 't weren't fer the hubs who's gotta've 't blarin' 24/7 whene'er he's home. e'en when he's outdoors he leaves't'n. i find such a most odd security blanket.
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4 Nov 16
Eight channels?! My goodness, woman! How do you cope?! ;)
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• United States
4 Nov 16
@Poppylicious 'tis rare i watch t.v. i listen to't when the hubs's home (no option) 'n we've a channel that plays ol' westerns saturday/sunday. 'n nature programs'n p.b.s. i'll watch. fer myself, the rest jest aint worth my time.
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@Corbin5 (106702)
• United States
3 Nov 16
I will not tell him. I often delight if we experience no access since I get so much done during those times. Freedom now and then is very nice.
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4 Nov 16
It is nice. Last night we got to snuggle in front of the tellybox and actually give the shows 100% of our attention. It was both weird, and oddly exciting!
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@Corbin5 (106702)
• United States
4 Nov 16
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
3 Nov 16
This techno stuff can be so frustrating. I would be stuck if it wasn't for my partner who works in IT. I rarely used to watch TV but now I never do because instead of just turning on a knob and pressing a switch or turning a dial, I now have to turn on a whole bank of equipment, find three separate remote controls, and follow a ten-step procedure (which I had to write down because I rarely did it so I would forget in between times). I just gave up instead.
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4 Nov 16
I tend to get a bit confused too! Husband is in IT so the conversations he has with the customer service staff are interesting. He knows more than they do, but they say that computer says no!; I think that's the most frustrating thing for him.
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 16
@Poppylicious I hate feeling powerless in my own home!
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@JESSY3236 (6536)
• United States
4 Nov 16
lol I had no internet one time and it drove me crazy. Every time I would watch tv, they would mention about a website and it would remind me that I had no internet.
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4 Nov 16
It is a pain that everything seems to be Internet related these days!
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@Raine38 (9117)
• United States
3 Nov 16
I live 13,000 miles away from my family and the cheapest and fastest means of communication for us is through the internet. I think the most the I have gone without internet is a week when I moved and that is enough to make my mom frantic with worry. I cannot blame her though, so even if we go on trips, I have to make sure to connect to the internet at least once a day to respond to my family's messages.
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4 Nov 16
And these days everything else is connected to the internet. Using the PS4, using our mobiles at home, downloading tellybox shows, listening to the DAB radio, listening to music, using certain features with out satellite TV provider. *sigh* 13,000 miles? You are a long way from home!
@Jenning (2023)
• Nigeria
3 Nov 16
I have told him alreadyyyyy
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