For a couple of weeks my cable modem has been having connection issues. At first I didn’t think much of it. I just went through the motions and would unplug it for a minute or so, plug it back in and life would return to normal.
One day the issues were more than usual. I thought the weather might’ve done something to the cables outside so I called Cablevision to address the issue. They had me do what I normally do, only unplug the cable from the modem as well and then re-tighten it. This seem to do the trick and the technician said that everything seemed fine in my neighborhood. Of course, as soon as I got off the phone the modem started to act up again and I needed to repeat the process a few more times. I should have seen this as a foreshadowing of things to come.
Sometime today the modem wouldn’t connect to the Internet no matter how many times I did the usual rigmarole. I called Cablevision to ask them to replace my modem. While he processed that ticket number the technician also checked the service in my area and it turns out that there is an issue in my area. So sometime tomorrow I should have a new modem but I may still have connection issues until another technician addresses the cables outside, within 48 hours.
Needless to say I’m having withdrawals. I know I don’t have the worst issue in the world but I’m currently deprived of a style of living that I’m used to. I have no Internet which means no Netflix, no updating podcasts, no Hulu, no zipping through my emails and using Delicious to make up show notes for my podcast and blogging is reduced to what I’m capable of doing on the WordPress iPhone app (which currently is having some glitches when it comes to editing which is forcing me to use notes to type everything up and then copy and paste everything back to the app).
You might be saying well you have some Internet on your phone, right? Well yes and no. I have AT&T service and their signals aren’t strong in my area. With no Internet, my MicroCell, which is supposed to strengthen my signal, is nothing more than a paper weight. So for now, I have Internet speeds of about 528 kbps for download and 94 kbps for upload, which is just barely better than dial-up. And my ability to make and receive calls is spotty at best.
Maybe I’m being a bit grandiose but I’m starting to feel like I’m stuck in a bad CBS sitcom. Every time I make some kind of declaration that I’m going to improve my situation in some way, something immediately gets in the way. I said I was going to make an effort to lose weight and suddenly I struggled to get started. I said I was going to try to organize myself and be more productive and start by waking up early and the next day I have plans to go to a late night party. Two days ago I said that I’m going back to WordPress.com so I only have to focus on creativity and of course my Internet is kaput.
Right now I’m in the internet Dark Ages and feel almost completely cut off from the world (I can still communicate with people via SMS, email and social media apps; albeit, at a snail’s pace). I know things can be far worse but I really don’t want to endure this for more than a day.
Just got the new WordPress app update for 2.82 which is supposed to fix that editing glitch problem. But before I even got to use it. I decided to plug-in the old modem for shits and giggles and Eureka! I have internet once again! Woot! At least until it crashes again. But in the meantime I’m I can get some stuff out-of-the-way 😀