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Hot and stormy, we got our first thunderstorm this afternoon. Flash of lightning, the electricity went off, and there was a simultaneous loud "pop" from across the living room. Checking out which electronic device just died, I found that it was, as usual, the modem (ADSL). Damn things last two years maximum out here, it's always the telephone lines that get struck by lightning.

As we're moving out at the end of the month, I supposed that this was the end of the internet for us here... then I thought of my daughter's new Android cell phone. I signed her up for a plan with one hour per month of actual telephone, and unlimited text messaging AND unlimited internet. Incredible bargain at twenty euros a month, given that the phone was practically free.

So I thought... must be a way to use the thing as a modem... half an hour of browsing open source/hacker sites on that poky little screen... couple of downloads... and here I am.

I will never be without internet again! Troubling thought.

Now I must immediately cancel my ADSL subscription.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 12:14:20 PM EST
Careful with those "unlimited Internet" plans on mobile phones: there's usually a monthly data cap and once you hit it, you get charged an outrageous rate.

There's been plenty of horror stories about mobile subscribers with such plans who ended up with bills in excess of EUR 10000.

No matter how you look at it, airwaves capacity is a finite resource; wires will be with us for a while, I'm afraid.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 01:17:40 PM EST
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Gave me a little chill down the spine... But no, I double checked :  no restriction!

I suspect this sort of plan won't be on offer for long, because already it seems the mobile companies are alarmed at the bandwith consumed by web phones, and they will have to put on restrictions or up the charges.

... and while I was typing "chill down the spine"... my daughter poured hot miso soup down my back. Not intentionally, at least I don't think so!

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:32:33 PM EST
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Colorado has violent thunderstorms practically every afternoon during the summer. At our house we have a surge prevention device in the circuit breaker box at the service entrance, another on the incoming phone lines, surge protector outlet strips on every piece of electronic equipment, and lightning arrester on antennas. Plus, we unplug the valuable stuff when not in use...

by asdf on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 01:36:32 PM EST
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My general principle is to leave it to chance and not have any specially valuable stuff. Probably cheaper in the long run.

Also deters thieves. I'm not in the habit of locking my front door, in fact I realised a while ago that I no longer seem to have a front door key. As I am supposed to be handing over the keys in a month, I tried to change the barrel on the front door lock yesterday, and failed. Story of my life?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 02:37:58 PM EST
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