Tuesday, December 19, 2006

No Internet, three days

Last week's storm not only took out power for two hours here on Oatfield Hill, it also took out the ISP which Mrs. Clackablog and I use, for three days. Our DSL connection was fine; but, the ISP was down.

Appears that some ISPs don't take seriously the implications of storm damage where their data center is. Contained in the link above is a list for ALL the ISPs which serve DSL in Oregon and Washington customers, and the next one we choose will have multiple data centers at different locations, and multiple connections to the Internet.

Fortunately, we were able to cable from one of our cellphones to a PC and share that 82 Kbps data connection to our computers, so e-mail worked, but web browsing with modern, Javascript-laden web pages was verrrrrrrrrry slooooooooooooow and updates here impossible.

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