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February 16, 2004

dialup

sometime this afternoon, my DSL line went flakey and slow, so bad that it's essentially unusable. after a lot of troubleshooting and a long phonecall to earthlink, the determination is there's something wrong with my local line, something verizon will have to fix. and it'll be a day or two before they get to it.

so then i proceeded to tear the house apart looking for the data cable for my cellphone. my cell connection is so good and so easy to use that i don't mind it at all. but i can't find the damn cable anywhere.

and then, finally, i remembered our old standby... dialup. i get free dialup time with my DSL account; might as well use it! took a little creativity (and a call to the earthlink modem in Roswell, NM) to get a local number, but now i'm connected, and i'm amazed at how not-bad it actually is.

of course, i'm still completely screwed if i get paged and have to go online to fix something for work. i haven't had a working dialup connection to sas in years.

let's just hope that doesn't happen...

Posted by lisa at February 16, 2004 09:37 PM | TrackBack

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OK, granted that I'm kind of anxiety-prone, but my stomach goes into knots just thinking about doing dialup. Then again, I did it once last year (had to find the cords, find the modem plug, etc.) and just checked email (going through webmail instead of Outlook, so as to avoid getting jammed by attachments). It wasn't so bad. But my pulse rate is going up again, so I'd better quit thinking about it. Good for you, Lisa.

Posted by: Phil on February 16, 2004 09:43 PM

turns out that vpn works over dialup! who knew! so i actually can connect to work quite handily, though i won't be using the desktop emulator. that's fine; i don't usually need it anyway.

really, the dialup isn't that bad. and i think all web developers should be forced to use dialup periodically so they know what they are inflicting on the unfortunate.

Posted by: lisa "image loading disabled" linn on February 16, 2004 09:50 PM

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