Well, it wasn’t voluntary in my case. RIP WRT54G!
The old WRT54G was a good router in its heyday. It’s still the router of choice for those with B/G networks in fact, and the price is still pretty stable if you can still buy it new at certain places. And since it came with the cable package, it was a good deal. Similar to the new package we upgraded to, with the router and modem cost included in the monthly payments for the 2-year contract. But the router this time is not such a good steal. 2 weeks it took them to schedule a tech to come and hook up the new router and modem! Would have been faster if the customer is allowed to bring the stuff home and fix it ourselves. 🙄 Not to mention saving the $$ for the installation fee.
Well, apart from
- not getting my daily news delivered to my device(s),
- not downloading CyanagonMod-10 Alphas/Betas/Nightlies,
- not getting daily Sim fix and answer Help threads @MTS, and being out of the loop of all Sim-related happenings, and
- not being able to research stuff when I get stuck;
things couldn’t have been timed better.
‘Cos, as I was away most times going back and forth with my Aunt to her chemo treatments; busy running around with 2, read that TWO(!) of my cousins getting married on the next 2 weekends back-to-back, and getting earfuls of complaints, bitching and whining; I felt the downtime of being 100% offline only when I get home.
At least those going to work still have the option to be online at their respective offices. I should go upgrade my old phone to a Smartphone one of these days so I don’t need to remember to bring my tablet around in my purse. Or, get a bigger purse! *Nods. (Any excuse for more shopping is a good excuse). Oh wait! Maybe I should get a newer, smaller 7″ tablet instead. I’ve been delegated to the junk heap and get the old, discarded phones when people upgrade since for years now I couldn’t decide on the phone I want to get without it costing $600-$800, which is ridiculous in my opinion. But that’s another blog post – “Ella’s quest on getting a phone”, …or something…
Surviving while offline
Being offline, the whole family spend more time watching the same show on the same TV (versus each of us on our personal monitors streaming our own shows), back to fighting over the remote on whose turn it was to control and choose the shows to watch. Until the inevitable squabbling ensues and then drift back to play games separately on their devices again. Might also incur higher bills for using up the 3G data plan while @home. Ah! The good old days…
WiFi devices have become so ubiquitous in our households these days. Perhaps we should all have a week of offline per month to curtail the “each doing own thing, on their own device” and bring the family together. Of course, the no devices at meals rule is still in force no matter wifi or no wifi.
I had been following Paul Miller’s Offline series on theverge.com, and a few of the things he encountered really bought the stuff closer to home when you encounter them first-hand yourself. Things that I managed to do while being offline includes
- turning back to watching good old Television instead of watching the timesuck that is Youtube,
- reading the (real) newspaper (vs the online version),
- getting to my ToBeRead pile of books, and organizing my Calibre library while I’m it,
- making sure my LastPass and KeePass data is all updated and current
- housekeeping Firefox bookmarks
I don’t feel like I’m “missing out” exactly, to use Paul’s terms, since I was busy dealing with other stuff. But I do feel getting back online is hard now that you have other activities to occupy your time. I’ve also never been “socially active” on Twitter or Facebook or IM chats and the like, so the fact that I was cut off from the Internet was hard only the first couple of days. And only for MTS/Wiki stuff since I have responsibilities there, but not so much for the blog or Twitter since I just started on those.
I still won’t be around much to Sim or work on the worlds until the 1st week of Dec. Or maybe 2nd week. There might be another cousin getting engaged on the 9th (of Dec) which was as out of the blue news as it could get. But I may not be as involved with that one as these 2 prior ceremonies, so we’ll see. Must be the crazy 12 in 2012! Jee-wheez!
Now, what mayhem can I stir up with a Wireless N networking access…? 8)