WHEN THE WIFI CLOUD BECOMES TORRENTIAL RAIN

Last night, at just before midnight, the WiFi went down. Which meant the telephone also went out, though it was too late for much in the way of phone calls.

I went and rebooted the modem and router. Once, twice, … then three more times. At which point I figured it was Charter/Spectrum, not our router. I did all the getting ready for bed stuff  … fortunately, the cable was still working thus fending off a genuine crisis.

I fished out our cell phone. Which is when realized the entire point of our cell phone is so I can call Charter when their service goes out. I have a special wireless device so I can call the other wireless company to tell them something is broken.

Except I didn’t have to tell them. As soon as the call connected, they told me that there was a “problem in our area and their expert teams were working feverishly to fix it.”

I went to the kitchen and looked fondly at all the equipment that is not hooked up to WiFi and realized — again — how glad I am I don’t have all that stuff connected to our ISP. It’s bad enough losing the telephone and computers without also losing the kitchen stove and who knows what else.

Am I the only one that feels we are putting far too much faith in our ISPs? Do we really want absolutely everything in our lives to depend on one service provider? Is this a good idea? Talk about all the eggs in one basket!

At around 1:30, the signal came back. I turned off the cell, checked my email and felt a cozy sense of satisfaction that I have independent non-WiFi backup drives protecting my data.

The mobile phone can now rest until the next emergency. You guys can use all the clouds you want. Not me. I want my back ups accessible even if The Cloud turns to torrential rain — or a damned tornado.

25 thoughts on “WHEN THE WIFI CLOUD BECOMES TORRENTIAL RAIN

  1. We had several “black outs” where everything was shut down. It sucks. I feel that we do put a lot into our ISP. It’s like they have so much control over our lives. It’s crazy.

    When it comes to backing up anything on the Cloud…I back up data and photos on an external.

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      • I know. I often wonder the amount of spying that goes on from sources that are able to do so. Like how much privacy do we actually have? It’s mind blowing. We have very little privacy.

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        • All countries spy on their citizens. That’s what governments DO. The good news is that they have SO MUCH DATA, they have no idea what they’ve got. Unless they need to find your or me for a particular reason? They would never notice that we are there.

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          • This is true with the amount of data they have, I would hate that job. Can you imagine dealing with the U.S. data and internet stuff for the Government?! Ugh. No thanks, I’ll pass being that IT guy.

            Spying I guess is “operation normal” now. Nothing at all surprises me, just look at “CSI Cyber” a so-so show that eventually lost my interest. Too bad cyber security in Hollywood appears to have their sh*t together more so than our actual cyber security team. I’m not even sure we have much. Wikileaks proved this. Speaking of them, they offered James Comey a job…lol. I think Julian Assange was jesting, but maybe partly serious.

            Happy Wednesday. Hope you have a complications-free type of day that doesn’t involve problems with your ISP.

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  2. It happened to the Swiss post last week.. No-one could pay with their cards and they didn’t get it working again until late in the afternoon. Otherwise it has happened, but not dramatically. Important stuff, like my medical injections, I write in a book also as I have to know where to put the next injection and that is something I really want to be sure about. I don’t intentionally cloud, but it is often the only automatic choice I have. All e-mails are now in a cloud – want it or not. There are advantages and disadvantages as with everything. We are in a good area for signals, and if it works I use it with no problem.

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    • You can’t help but use clouds for special; stuff — email, Amazon and other online stores, audiobooks and copies of all your Kindles. But at least your own photographs and documents need to be somewhere you can find them. At least that!

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      • My online photos are in a cloud, but I also have them on my computer and two extra hard disks. Documents are only on my computer and passwords on a separate memory stick.

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        • My pictures are all on at-home hard drives. Amazon and Audible books are on their servers. They are huge and there isn’t enough room to keep them all here. Email is on Gmail’s server. I think all email is maintained that way. If one of those servers goes down hard, we are ALL in trouble.

          I have always depended on the places I shop to maintain records anyway. This is just an electronic version of them.

          But MY stuff, I want to be able to get to without needing a WiFi connection. As it is, I can use my Adobe and other photo tools offline. I can listen to any books I’ve downloaded without a connection. I can play games without a connection. It makes a big difference to me.

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  3. We are slowly being trapped by our own devices. We are off that grid to a certain degree, since we’re rural in a still mostly rural state. Just last year, however, we had a chance to get fiber optic for the TV we never use (it takes a book and a helper to turn it on now) and the telephone AND the computer. What we didnt realize is that now when the power goes out, so does the phone. yikes.

    My husband’s new truck is more of a non-programmable computer now–even the damn tires have sensors in them, and little computers. He can’t even change a tire, or rotate them himself because it freaks out the computers. I shudder to think what happens if he gets a flat on the highway. And this is a man who can rebuild a motor (and has before) and make it better. Suddenly he can’t touch the innards of these things without permission from God, the Pope, and the service people

    And when I see those ads –the ones that remind me of the “Live better Electrically” Speedy Kilowatt era–I see us one day being trapped in our electronically enhanced houses, unable to call for help, because the cloud is down, the doors are sealed, and we have no way of escape. Claustrophobics of the world, unite.

    Resist, resist.

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    • We are pretty much off the grid, too. We have a good TV, but it isn’t smart and when people ask me how come we don’t have a smart one, I just laugh. Everyone I know who does have them has a lot of problems with them, too. They are great when they work, but not so great when something goes wrong. And what seems to go wrong is either something involving the ISP or DirectTV or whatever the source of the WiFi … or a mistake in programming and there is SO MUCH to problem.

      Life is complicated enough. I do not want more. I know I don’t NEED more. That whole thing with buying an electronic tool to run your OTHER electronic tools? Really?

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  4. Putting our faith in, and relying more and more upon, ever more complicated and interlinked technologies is not going to end well – mark my words!

    The more complex a technology the less humans who are able to fix it when it goes wrong (no system is ever foolproof and if it ever is some idiot creates an improved fool to crash the system).

    We’re roughly half way there now to the point where we are forced to deal through, or with, machines to get a problem fixed. Once humans are entirely out of the loop as far as your basic maintenance is concerned we’re history! 😦

    love.

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    • I agree. Because unless something has changed, there is no such thing as a piece of machinery or electronics that can never fail. Sort of like the Titanic. It CAN fail. We just haven’t figured out HOW it can fail, but all of them will.

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  5. I think all those “experts” who predicted the big Y2K technology apocalypse are removing the egg from their faces by making darn sure that we will eventually have EVERYTHING linked up to one system so that we actually can all be knocked back into the stone age by one little glitch and they can say they were right! Or maybe they just really are short sighted…

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    • I completely agree with you. I do love the WiFi and the computers and streaming TV and all that, but we are NOT wrapped entirely in WiFi. If it goes off, I have other ways to manage.

      I saw a WiFi TOILET advertised the other day. Do I — DOES ANYONE? — want a toilet that can be “adjusted” by remote control from the other room? Seriously? Does it unclog and clean itself? Does it get Blu-Ray and sing to you while you sit and think?

      Will it fail to flush during an outage? Do I want my ISP controlling the crapper?

      AND while I was typing this, the WiFi went out!! No it really did. I had to reboot everything. Gotta love it.

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