Some days it’s an on-again off-again world.

Aug 31, 2015 | 8 comments

 

Recharging

Recharging

Altogether it took me fourteen hours to post my blog yesterday. I began trying about 7:00 a.m, from Seattle. Internet service was intermittent and, after struggling for a couple of hours in between visiting with our hostess Linda, I decided to give it a miss until we arrived home. No luck here either until shortly after 9:00 p.m. Maddening!

If service had just been totally out, it might have been easier. As it was, I could get online occasionally and things would progress as usual for a few minutes and then I’d get a message that service had been “interrupted.” Sometimes my work was automatically saved. Sometimes the Computer Demon had the nerve to say “Ooops! followed by a light-hearted (or so it seemed to me) notification that all had been lost. And, when Nyel tried to send me a photo from his smart phone, it took twenty-five minutes to get from the kitchen to my office.

Extending

Extending

Right now, I’m blaming the storm. Although power was not disrupted here in Oysterville, I know that great chunks of the state were without electricity and other places had no internet or television service. So, maybe I was experiencing something in-between. On the other hand, Mike-the-Computer-Guy had just been here Thursday to fine tune and reconfigure and get us up to speed so that we can stream Netflix with our spiffy new Smart TV.

Bottom line: we probably can’t. Our signal here at the North End (don’t ask me what signal I’m talking about) is only one-point-five. We need more than that to stream. In Long Beach where Mike is, their signal is about a five. The newest industry standard will soon be ten.

Routing

Routing

So what else is new? Substandard is usual in the ‘outlying areas.’ Cable doesn’t come this far. Jimmy Johns (whatever that is) doesn’t deliver or even exist here and neither do any of those other instant and convenient services that we hear about. You know, the rug installers and the plumbers extraordinaire and those neighborly insurance agents that arrive reassuringly at the scene.  We are not ever in the same loop as our citified neighbors.

Mostly, that’s a good thing. But I do wonder what’s going on in the world of connectivity right now. Will today’s blog take all day to post? Maybe I’ll make a phone call or two later. So far… our phones are working. Even in Oysterville.

8 Comments

  1. Kathleen Shaw

    Jimmy John’s is a sandwich shop/chain, and personally I’d rather have Jayne’s sandwiches (Bailey’s) any day!

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    • sydney

      Yes, I know exactly what Jimmy John’s is! My ‘whatever that is’ was meant as sarcasm. I should know better than to use it in writing! Too often misunderstood.

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  2. Pam

    You arrived on schedule this morning! I maintain that we all need a first grader on site to deal with modern technology. It’s just too much!!
    And Bradley’s house. . . .YIKES!

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  3. Frank Wolfe

    We have 1.5 Internet speed. It can be as low as 1.2 at times. We stream Netflix. There is the occasional “…buffering…” rudeness, but not very often. The two of us can even do email simultaneously while the TV is streaming. Of course, if one of us tries to download an attachment, “…buffering…” Such is Internet life in the rural hinterland…

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    • sydney

      Good to know! Thanks, Frank!

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  4. Sheri Stritof

    I got tired of the low Internet speeds with Century, so I switched to Charter. I did a speed test a few minutes ago and got 40.42 Mbps download and 4.19 Mbps upload. I work online and appreciate the faster speed and it sure makes watching Netflix easier.

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    • Sheri Stritof

      Forgot to mention that I’m in the Klipsan Beach area.

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    • sydney

      Unfortunately, we do not have access to Charter. There is no CABLE north of Joe Johns Road on the bayside of the Peninsula.

      Reply

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