I came home from work last night and noticed the bathroom light was out. No big deal, I decided to change the bulb in the morning. So I sit down at my laptop to check my email and it could not connect. Arghhh! How annoying is that? Thinking I just needed to restart my DSL modem, I went into the bedroom and that light was out as well. Also, my computer, wireless router and modem had no power. Apparently the storm that came through tripped a breaker. After resetting the breaker I noticed the modem was acting funny. The power light slowly brightened to normal and the DSL light came on and went right back off, then all 5 of the lights began to blink in unison. I then began to smell electrical components burning. I took the modem apart and there was one of the components on the board burnt and smoking. Obviously the modem was fried.
I called AT&T Internet tech and after they had me power cycle and all the other things I had already completed, I was told my modem was out of warranty (Of course). So they are sending me a new modem overnight. What surprised me was the cost. $40 for a new DSL modem and they waived the shipping. Not bad.
What to do until Tuesday though? I got on my laptop and searched for networks. Low and behold, I found an unsecured wireless network and connected. I looked, but failed to find where the signal was coming from. I wanted to let them know I was using their connection. Ohh well, if I ever find out who it is I’ll toss them a few bucks or something I guess.
We are so dependent on the net now. I went into a panic when I could not connect. But why? I mean, my email isn’t that important really. It’s not like I use it for anything but entertainment and spam mail. Sure, I like to check my Adsense regularly, but it will still be there in a couple of days. Do I really need to watch Chris Pirillo’s live stream or talk on IRC chat? I don’t think so. Yet, it seems so important when it’s gone.
There are those that rely on internet connectivity for their business and loose money when it is down, but the vast majority simply use it to get information that could easily be obtained elsewhere or to just pass the time. Why do we panic when we loose it?
Well, I don’t have the answer, I’m just glad I have a connection while I am waiting for my modem, even if I am technically stealing it.