Our internet access disappeared early yesterday afternoon. Woe! No e-mail, no blog, no Facebook, no Wordscraper! I tried everything I could think of – switched the modem off and on several times, rebooted the p.c., but no luck. I went to phone my IT support person, and realised the telephone landline wasn’t working either. I then used my cellphone to contact Vodafone who tried several things, including getting me to plug the modem into a different phone jack, but again no luck. They told me that they would send a technician within 48 hours, and I resigned myself to an involuntary digital detox. This was one occasion when I almost (but not quite) wished that I had a smartphone.
After my play reading group this morning I took my tablet to the library, and used their Wifi to check e-mail messages. Just before 3pm the landline phone rang! I hastened to answer, and the technician informed me that our connection had been put onto the wrong port – there was a ‘wrong tracing in the exchange’ which had now been corrected. At least there was no cost to us as there would have been if the fault was at our place. I didn’t think to ask for a day’s discount on my Vodafone bill. We are both relieved to once again be connected after a 26 hour digital detox.
“The ‘net connects us with the world
but sometimes it all comes uncurled.”