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Old 24.10.2008, 22:45
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What you did when you lost internet access?

amidst calls to put in more hours on EF to raise the post-rate to an era where hijackers roamed freely, i thought i'd raise a thread related internet addiction.

this thread is about forced and unplanned dis-connection: broken modem, wireless router, computer etc. moving to a new place and there's no internet. going on holiday, business trip etc does not count.

now...what did u do and how did u feel? did u sleep at the cybercafe? scream down the fone at the cable guy? pick up smoking/drinking/drugs? or did u read a good book, watch a film, write a play...realise you have children?

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Re: What you did when you lost internet access?

I recently moved house and spent some time without an internet connection. I must say, even though I hated it I suddenly felt like I had a lot more spare time and realised that I could survive perfectly well without it. Of course, there are times when you really NEED a connection, such as booking flights, on-check etc, but for checking email and football scores, I survived with my mobile phone's limited abilities.

The internet is truly the thief of time and I think people dont realise how addicted to surfing they have become until they suddenly find themselves net-less.

Go on people, pull the plug - it'll do you good!
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Old 25.10.2008, 00:00
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Re: What you did when you lost internet access?

I can only agree... especially this forum.. Major time suck this one. The past 6 weeks I've actually not had internet access all day long which was a bit of a shock to the system. BUT now I love my new found freedom and I actually read a newspaper and books!!
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Old 25.10.2008, 11:01
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Re: What you did when you lost internet access?

We lost our connection Saturday afternoon about two weeks ago. Called Swisscom who told us they would check the line. Then we had no internet AND no phone. We called (handy) and confirmed that 1) we're paid up and 2) they couldn't do anything until Monday.

We certainly survived, but it's hard to watch a movie and figure out where we had seen an actor before without an internet connection. Plus we use the internet to figure out what's on tv, so we effectively cut down on phone, internet and tv in one fell swoop. Okay, so it was only for Saturday evening and Sunday day.

Got a lot of German homework done and a few things around the house. Because of the timing we were a bit limited for options (not much shopping to do, couldn't do much yard work or wash the car ), but the weather was nice and we went for a walk and enjoyed the outdoors.

That's not to say there wasn't much gnashing of teeth. Many because of the lack of answers about why we got cut off. It got fixed on the Monday and no problems yet.
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Old 25.10.2008, 11:12
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I can only agree... especially this forum.. Major time suck this one. The past 6 weeks I've actually not had internet access all day long which was a bit of a shock to the system. BUT now I love my new found freedom and I actually read a newspaper and books!!
hi Lynn! 6 weeks is a crazy long time! was it unplanned or self-imposed? did u mean all day long, but u had access at the evening?

we still get EF at the office, i'm thinking of asking IT to block it...its very distracting
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Old 25.10.2008, 11:16
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Re: What you did when you lost internet access?

Not self imposed... But I've (for some crazy reason) decided it would be a fabulous idea to go back to uni and do another degree...

I have access in the evenings and of course on the weekend but now, I actually tend to switch off my PC and go and do other things... I've been taking walks in the forrest as the season changes (stunning!!) I've been reading more books and meeting up with friends I haven't seen in ages..

(god now I sound like a real computer-norma-nomates!!)
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Old 25.10.2008, 11:18
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Re: What you did when you lost internet access?

i'm gonna throw in a couple more questions into the mix:

did u enjoy being disconnected? why?
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Old 27.10.2008, 01:00
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I recently moved house and spent some time without an internet connection. I must say, even though I hated it I suddenly felt like I had a lot more spare time and realised that I could survive perfectly well without it. Of course, there are times when you really NEED a connection, such as booking flights, on-check etc, but for checking email and football scores, I survived with my mobile phone's limited abilities.

The internet is truly the thief of time and I think people dont realise how addicted to surfing they have become until they suddenly find themselves net-less.

Go on people, pull the plug - it'll do you good!
i decided to give it a try on friday, and left my computer at the office (my notebook is on loan, and my new one hasn't arrived), so i had no computer on friday, and sat. for the first time in a long while, i put the telly on without surfing at the same time, and for the first time, i could really concentrate on what's on. then i took a walk along the limmat at ennetbaden, and noticed how pretty autumn colours were.

u are rite, i gotta do this more often
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Old 27.10.2008, 09:37
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Re: What you did when you lost internet access?

We got back from holiday last week and i had no internet for 2 weeks before going on holiday i was thinking i am really going to miss EF, but to be honest i only thought about it once when my husband asked me if i was missing it i was having to much fun playing with the kids, swimming, sunbathing and horse riding
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Old 27.10.2008, 12:48
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Re: What you did when you lost internet access?

When we lived in Malta, it seemed like we lost our internet connection every time the wind blew. (Which was quite often in the winter.) We found it completely debilitating as my husband and I both work on the internet.

We often lost power as well and after a while, we just lit some candles, opened a bottle of wine and tried to make the best of it. It was kind of like a forced-break for two people who normally work 18-hour days. So yes, losing the internet can be a good thing.
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Old 27.10.2008, 15:01
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Re: What you did when you lost internet access?

Boring technical answer:

I need broadband for work 24/7/365 so I have a 3G mobile phone internet connection as a backup for when my ADSL broadband goes down.

In Switzerland I started out with a Sunrise prepaid takeaway dongle (CHF 50 for the dongle and then CHF 3 per hour/unlimited data - http://www.sunrise.ch/privatkunden/a...et-prepaid.htm) and then switched to an Orange Internet Everywhere Day package (Free dongle, CHF 5 per month plus CHF 3.50 per day/unlimited data - http://www.orange.ch/shop/jsp/bundle...n.jsp_A&_DAV=1). I use a lot of bandwidth so I went for unlimited data packages. The longest ADSL outage I have had in the last year is 48 hours so the Orange package is cheaper for me overall.

In the UK, I use 3 as they have a GBP 10 for 30 days/5 GB access deal.

I use a Billion BiPAC 7402GX modem (http://www.billion.uk.com/product/3g.htm) which takes both the 3G dongle and the ADSL connection and falls over to the 3G connection if the ADSL goes down.
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Old 27.10.2008, 17:27
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Re: What you did when you lost internet access?

OP you jinxed my laptop i posted on your thread, and the next thing i know i lost all my internet connection creepy or what, anyway i spent the day cleaning doing homework, made a hammock for the rats, and had a coffee with a friend
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Old 27.10.2008, 17:42
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OP you jinxed my laptop i posted on your thread, and the next thing i know i lost all my internet connection creepy or what, anyway i spent the day cleaning doing homework, made a hammock for the rats, and had a coffee with a friend
If the rats had something to gain from your being disconnected, I say you have your prime suspects, Ms Sutter. Check the power cable of your laptop. Has it been gnawed off?
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Old 27.10.2008, 17:45
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If the rats had something to gain from your being disconnected, I say you have your prime suspects, Ms Sutter. Check the power cable of your laptop. Has it been gnawed off?
LOL nearly, but they did that months ago the cable now as bright red kiddie plasters taped on and they have not been near it since
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Re: What you did when you lost internet access?

I find that when I lose internet access it's not the internet itself that I'm missing, but more the convenience of having it all the time. It's not like addiction, but more adjusting your thinking process to a state without the internet. I can't imagine the number of time I was like, "Crap, the internet is down. Why? Oh, I'll check on the intern... damn it."

Once I get used to not having it I'm fine, though.
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Old 31.10.2008, 11:54
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Re: What you did when you lost internet access?

A virus attacked my laptop on Wednesday and i was so ****ed off because i wanted to bid on something on e-bay which i had seen the day before even came home early from the Ikea so i could bid, but no chance so i had a fit swearing at the laptop
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OP you jinxed my laptop i posted on your thread, and the next thing i know i lost all my internet connection creepy or what, anyway i spent the day cleaning doing homework, made a hammock for the rats, and had a coffee with a friend

A hammock for the rats! Boy, you're handy, Frau Sutter. And you change car tyres too. Can you make me a hammock next summer, pretty, please?


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If the rats had something to gain from your being disconnected, I say you have your prime suspects, Ms Sutter. Check the power cable of your laptop. Has it been gnawed off?

This reminds me of the Ice Mouse in our fridge. Any time something yummy goes missing from the fridge, she is to blame.


Oh, yes. The internet question. When it's down, I go read a book, play with someone's dog, watch a movie, talk a walk by the Zugerlake, go to the library, wash my hair, bake a cake or experiment with some new savoury or spicy dish. It's a mild annoyance not to have a connection with the cyberworld but I've survived.

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Re: What you did when you lost internet access?

I am an Internet addict. I've had Internet access starting sometime back in 1993, high speed (for the times) at university in 1995 and broadband at home (one of the first cable modem experiments) in 1996.

While I could technically survive without Internet access it would make my life much more difficult and boring, so I've always taken care of that when moving to minimize offline time (I even had one move where I had Internet before electricity in my flat, powering my ADSL router with an UPS :-)

Nowadays what I really find convenient is to have Internet in my pocket with an iPhone, I carry my laptop with me less and less often, and can quickly check emails and RSS feeds when I have some spare time.
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A hammock for the rats! Boy, you're handy, Frau Sutter. And you change car tyres too. Can you make me a hammock next summer, pretty, please?





This reminds me of the Ice Mouse in our fridge. Any time something yummy goes missing from the fridge, she is to blame.


Oh, yes. The internet question. When it's down, I go read a book, play with someone's dog, watch a movie, talk a walk by the Zugerlake, go to the library, wash my hair, bake a cake or experiment with some new savoury or spicy dish. It's a mild annoyance not to have a connection with the cyberworld but I've survived.
I could, but you could only fit your hand in it

Hey i have 1 of those mice

Ok could i please have a chocolate cake in exchange for the hand hammock
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Old 31.10.2008, 12:33
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I am an Internet addict. I've had Internet access starting sometime back in 1993, high speed (for the times) at university in 1995 and broadband at home (one of the first cable modem experiments) in 1996.

While I could technically survive without Internet access it would make my life much more difficult and boring, so I've always taken care of that when moving to minimize offline time (I even had one move where I had Internet before electricity in my flat, powering my ADSL router with an UPS :-)

Nowadays what I really find convenient is to have Internet in my pocket with an iPhone, I carry my laptop with me less and less often, and can quickly check emails and RSS feeds when I have some spare time.
and when u go on holiday? have u never been without?
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