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Internet Woes

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   16 Comments | Posted in internet · technology

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Wah, wah, wah.  I’m whining again about my internet troubles. I never consider how dependent I am on the internet until I’m unable to access on a whim. This has occurred twice in twenty-four hours, rendering me unable to post to my blog, read other blogs, research writing markets or make submissions; my husband’s business stalled; my daughter’s homework sat idle.  Emails, business and personal, languished in cyberspace.

The problem blessedly fixed, I am back at the keyboard typing away; but I am pondering how integral the internet has become to our lives, our business, and our entertainment. I admit with no shame that a lack of internet access makes me cranky and more than a little nuts. 

What about you? How do you cope when your internet access is gone? Is the impact great or just a minor inconvenience? Do you think your life is better as a result of the technology, or just more hectic? Leave a comment and let me know!
Til next time –

16 Responses to "Internet Woes"

  1. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    September 29, 2010 at 7:37 pm  

    Hi Lisa,I'm am glad that you are able to be back online. I can imagine how frustrating that can be. We are super lucky to have reliable service, through the cable company. Usually it is my computer that has had some sort of trouble, and that is a bit different. I have found this week that I refuse to work without a mouse!Kathy

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 29, 2010 at 8:55 pm  

    Hi Kathy – Argh! No mouse?! Yikes. I'm happy to have my computer back, and hoping to catch up on my blog reading in the next few days (including yours.) 🙂 I found that missing a couple days, I missed a lot!

  3. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    September 29, 2010 at 9:50 pm  

    Lisa–I think technology is simultaneously a blessing and a curse.Certainly,when you need quick information or a rapid-fire answer, the internet is a marvelous thing. Being able to connect with bloggers all over the world is a great deal of fun.However, there are times when I'm doing research on the internet, and hours pass, unnoticed. It is as if I go into a hypnotic state; probably my heart rate drops and my breathing slows down.You always miss what you don't have…

  4. Comment by BECKY
    September 29, 2010 at 11:18 pm  

    I second that emotion!! Sioux's, that is! And I also cannot stand not having a mouse!! I CAN function without one, but I hate it!! and THAT makes me crabby!! 😮

  5. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 30, 2010 at 5:43 pm  

    Hi Sue – The internet as a hypnotist. That's a new one! LOL I'll have to check my heart rate. 🙂

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm  

    Hi Becky – It is a horrible thing to be mouseless! I am in complete agreement. What did we do before the incredible mouse?

  7. Comment by K9friend
    September 30, 2010 at 6:35 pm  

    No internet access equals instant aggravation for whatever caused the problem. Is it the internet provider? The computer? The darned electric company? Then I'm off to demand my cyber-space rights…now!

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 30, 2010 at 7:44 pm  

    Ha! Instant aggravation, quite the opposite of the instant gratification we get when the darn thing is working. Love it. And if you figure out to whom cyber-space rights should be directed for optimum results, please let me know! After this week and all the downtime I'm right there with you. The really crazy thing is how much time I spent clicking my browser bar to see if it was up and running yet…

  9. Comment by Karen Lange
    October 1, 2010 at 9:16 am  

    I am not happy when the internet is down. I have gone to a relative's house when I've really needed to get online. It is amazing, though, what other things I find to do while waiting for it to come back on. :)Have a good weekend,Karen

  10. Comment by Carmen
    October 1, 2010 at 9:47 am  

    Last night I was watching a tv show about a young man who moved in with his father. His dad refused to install internet service in his home. His son tried to explain to his dad that his entire life requires the internet (research, job hunting, social networking).I once told someone that if the Internet system (overall) crashes, I don't know how I'd eat or pay the rent. Somewhere along the line, my whole existence has come to depend upon reliable, speedy Internet service. A few years ago I transitioned into teaching all of my college classes online, so I can work from my home an hour away and travel (I'm grateful beyond words for the technology that allows me this freedom and flexibility). My writing research depends mainly upon the Internet, too. This technology has its good side, but also its frustrating side. It's mind boggling to see how we (individuals and businesses) have come to depend upon the Internet. How did we ever manage in the "olden days" just a couple of decades ago?Carmen

  11. Comment by Midlist Writer
    October 2, 2010 at 5:22 am  

    I am a total internet junkie. Being a professional blogger doesn't help. It's like being a bartender with a drinking problem. Strangely enough, when the Internet isn't available I don't miss it at all. Earlier in the year I spent two months in Ethiopia, where the only Internet is dialup. Welcome back to 1996! I wrote in my notebook every day instead, and produced some good stuff. It's nice to switch off every now and then. Sorry, got to go. I need to check my Facebook updates.

  12. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    October 2, 2010 at 9:45 pm  

    The fact that I'm sitting here, watching the Bulldogs and the Brit comedies while reading blogs ON THE INTERNET probably says it all, huh? 🙂

  13. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 3, 2010 at 8:11 am  

    Hi Karen – Thank goodness for friends who share their electronics. My friend checked my emails for me, for which I was grateful. She saved me several trips to the library.Hi Carmen – Yes, it is true! The internet changed the world for all of us in so many ways, most of them good. You have used it as a tool for time organization, it seems; my problem is often the opposite. Too much time "internetting" and not enough writing. Thanks for your comment!

  14. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 3, 2010 at 8:17 am  

    Hello to Midlist Writer – The days of dial-up I would not wish to repeat. I remember my dad insisting I sign up for Prodigy so we could talk online. Not quite comparable to today's instant messaging. It took forever to say hello and goodbye back then. I prefer to type when I write because I'm a fast typist and can almost keep up with my thoughts. Pen and paper is a reliable backup, but I can't scribble fast enough to keep up! Thanks for visiting.Hey Cathy – There's nothing wrong with being a fabulous multi-tasker!

  15. Comment by Tammy
    October 3, 2010 at 11:45 am  

    When my internet is down, the sad thing is that although I can easily find *lots* of other stuff to do, it's tainted by my worry about when I'll be able to get back on!

  16. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm  

    Hi Tammy – You made me laugh. I'm the same way. Also, I waste ooh-gobs of time running back and forth to my computer to check and see if the internet has miraculously fixed its glitch. LOL

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