MUSINGS FROM AN INTERNET OUTAGE
An area the size of the country of Wales suffered an internet outage which lasted at least 18 hours for some people, and 22 hours for others, like me. There was a problem at the telephone exchange (how old fashioned a term is that). The general and cynical suggestion is, that the technicians and engineers were trying to 'improve' something. It is certainly the simplest and most likely explanation. The next simplest ones would be either a failure in the system or incompetence. Of course, there's no denying that it could have been all of those factors.
What did we do with the space, the temporary internet hole in our lives?
I messed about in the kitchen preparing nosh, nothing unusual about that.
Hubby watched TV. That has become an unusual activity.
We had talked about the endless possibilities that caused the failure of our internet service, and
re-booted the router several times.
I phoned a friend, also affected by the outage, who really wanted to chat for a change. His day was not the best day ever.
My most recent digital photos were uploaded onto my P.C. and sorted a bit sooner than they might have been.
This morning, I was awake early and crept in to the living room to see if hubby was surfing his blog and auction sites. There wasn't a computer to be seen. We were still without an internet connection. Hubby was contemplative, it went like this:
If an internet communication system fails, what else can fail. Wind turbines are remotely controlled, is there some backup support system for them? (They aren't a major provider of fuel, they don't work if there is no wind or if there's a gale).
Next, what if the major stores lost their central 'nervous' systems. What arrangements have they got in place to remain functioning nationwide. they would lose automated stock control, but what else? So many of the major stores these days, provide services over and above domestic food shopping; optical health provision, prescription pharmacy, financial services. You never know, they may have to go back to basics, and be food provisioning stores for a while, that's if people could get access to their own money during that time.