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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

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