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June 14, 2009


chris adams

Yesterday I dipped into Bill Bryson's book -Made in America - it sits in the car waiting for those moments when 'm sitting in the car waiting.
In it the writer states that less than 300 years ago it was not uncommon for a letter to require up to a year for a reply.
That really isn't that long ago, and today we expect a reply to our email almost immediately.
In the same way you express the need that we all have for instant information and we are addicted to this even though the avalanche of information is more than we can process.
Is it safe to depend so much on the internet for our information?
There are writers who write about places they have never been, except virtually - how much "truth" do we loose?
Is it healthier to develop a certain cyber-skepticism?


I feel for you, Donna. I'm pretty addicted to fact checking on Google as I write, too. I even use it as a my quickie style manual -- if most sites hyphenate a word, so do I.

Occasionally, I like to go to funky coffee houses to write, usually in off times when they're quiet. There's one place I particularly liked, but when the place was sold, they changed their internet connection. Now their Wifi messes up my computer's ability to reconnect with either my home or store after I've been there (took the tech guy two hours to fix it the first time it happened). Although I could still go there to write if I turned off my internet connection, I can't do it. Though I often grouse about the volume of email I have to wade through, I can't bring myself to cut off that connection.

Tori Lennox

I was offline most of yesterday due to severe thunderstorms and it drove me crazy! I kept wanting to check the weather map on Weather.com and realized I had everything unhooked and packed up to haul to safety if the tornadoes headed our way.

Not to mention I was just bored watching the local news station. *g*


Yes, I've only lost portions of the last 3 days - but it was complete TV/Internet/Phone). First day - 5-15 minutes per outage (extremely annoying while Googling)
Second day- 4+hours starting at wakey-wakey time (hard to start the day without any info)
Today - on phone for 30 minutes with nice Comcast gal named Cindy. After multiple system "refresh" requests all back except on-screen channel guide

Hope life gets way better for you, cause (locally here) Verizon not so good

Dana Cameron

Donna, I hope you get re-connected ASAP! It's funny that we adapt so quickly to new tech...and then it takes forever to re-adapt, if that goes away or new things replace it. Good luck!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, I like the GTD rule. Thanks. Doing it.

An oh--when the interet goes out, I'm SO cranky. It's--worse than it should be, is all I can say.

Hope you're back to normal. (And the Stork title is hilarious. How do you do it???)

Donna Andrews

Thanks, everyone for the sympathy! Verizon came on Friday, and I'm back in business. Though there was a last, priceless Comcastic moment when I called to cancel and to ask for a credit for the service outage that had inspired me to cancel.

Comcast rep: Let me see how soon I can arrange to get a tech out to fix your problem.

Me: I've had three techs in the last six weeks. I don't want another tech. I'm going to cancel my service. I just want a credit for the service I didn't get before canceling.

Comcast: I'm sorry, ma'am, but we have to resolve the problem before I can issue a credit for it.

Me: That's ridiculous! If you could have resolved the problem by now, I wouldn't be canceling my service.

Comcast: But I can't issue a credit if the problem's not resolved. My computer won't take it.

I'll spare you the rest of our conversation. It wasn't pretty. Just in case I was having second thoughts about whether Comcast was really that awful...they removed all doubt. I had to ask three times before she agreed to transfer me to their cancellations department, raising my voice the third time. The guy in cancellations--more savvy, or more helpful, or just more jaded--talked to someone in another department and got approval for my credit.

We'll see what happens when the bill arrives.


Donna in Dallas

Donna, so glad you're back online! I've often pondered how the Internet has changed everyday life. As a child I'd pick a random volume of the Britannica for a rainy Saturday browse; now I can spend the weekend following various links down the rabbit hole and come out on Monday wondering where the time went.

I make do without cable (or a land line, for that matter), but I think I'd wither up and die without my WWWeb. Since I carry it with me via my cellphone, I think I'm even worse than you, checking emails in the drive-thru, reading blogs and message boards or checking movie showtimes during lunch. I even use it for my PC connection at home. The down side is that it's slower than cable internet. The up side is that I've only had one outage in four years (and that only half a day).

I'd give up a lot before I'd give up my 'Net.

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