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March 6, 2007

Yo, joe — where's today's 11:01 a.m. (ET) post? — Or why the Internet is still in the fetal position


I'm glad you asked that question in the headline above.

About once a month on average for reasons completely unknown and unknowable, when I step atop the bookfjoe Treadmill Workstation™ to begin the day's activities, I'm greeted by a screen with a triangular yellow sign and an exclamation point within, alongside which it reads "Unable to connect with whateversiteyouwanted.com, blah blah blah."


Compost happens.

So I do other stuff for a while, then try again.

After a few minutes or hours — depending on how urgent it seems to get with the program here, and if the failure to connect has not resolved itself (which happens perhaps half the time) — I go to DefCon 3, which consists of restarting the computer.

If that doesn't work (which is about half the time), I move to DefCon 5, which consists of

1) going upstairs and disconnecting the power to the cable modem box

2) disconnecting the wire from the cable modem box into the Airport Express

3) disconnecting the power to the Airport Express

Then I go do other stuff for a few minutes or hours, depending blah blah blah....

Then I reconnect the three wires I'd disconnected (as noted above) and wait a few minutes, then see if I'm online.

99% of the time that solves the problem — as it did today, witness this post after following those steps — and all is well in joeWorld.

Except for the fact that it's yet another example (as if we needed more lessons, what?) of the fact that computers and the Internet are not yet a mature technology.

Would you accept waking up dead once a month?

I rest my case.

March 6, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink


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