As of the moment, my Internet connection is running pitifully slowly, and I’m starting to get annoyed. Really annoyed. There are five lights on our Motorola modem – four green, one orange. Yesterday, the moment my six-year-old son relinquished control of the computer to me, the bottom green lights decided to take a nap, leaving me with no choice but to work on offline stuff.
Half an hour later, I still was in the same situation. “There might be an outage,” my husband declared. “I passed by a group of men from the Internet company installing stuff a couple of blocks away.”
“But the Internet was working earlier,” my son insisted.
|Slow as a turtle?|
My husband then decided to tinker with the wires at the back of the modem. And voila, the Internet miraculously came back to life! “The wires got messed up,” my husband said, shrugging.
With the Internet working at that point, I was able to publish the blog posts I worked on offline. An hour later, the Internet went off again. And once more, the modem’s bottom lights went out of commission. As my husband was out of the house at that particular juncture, I decided to do the tinkering myself. After a few minutes of wondering which way to go with the wires, I got the modem back in working order.
Thirty minutes later, I was again in the same predicament, twisting and pulling wires. Thankfully, the Internet came back on.
Today, the Internet, so far, has not gone off. I have been online since I got on an hour earlier. But boy, the download speed is just so maddening. I’ve already checked the computer for viruses and spyware, optimized Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, so I’m pretty sure it’s not the computer or the browsers malfunctioning.
|My idea of peace ... well, sometimes.|
I have a feeling it might actually be the modem. Now this modem was given to us by the Internet company as replacement to the original that got fried after a furious thunderstorm a year and a half ago. It was not brand new when we got it. Even so, if I call the Internet company now and they decide I need to have the modem replaced, they’re going to charge me for a new one. Geez, Internet companies!
If that is bad enough, wait until you hear this one. The old computer my father-in-law insisted we bring with us when we moved to this place almost two years ago hasn’t been working for several months now. As a result, the kids decided to create a computer schedule so all three of them have ample time to either work on their projects or simply play computer games on this particular computer I'm using now.
Lately, however, the schedule had been tossed out of the window, forever forgotten, resulting in sometimes major squabbles among them. It’s time, I believe, to take that computer to the shop. No more procrastinating. That is if I want some peace and quiet around here.