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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Stymied

This year I have gone out of my way to ensure a modicum if Internet access from the maison secondaire. Since there is no broadband access from this itsy-bitsy corner of our village, I had a challenge before me...

Last year I had thought that at least my cell phone would enable me to download my e-mail in between visits to the local library twice a week and the Internet office provided in the nearby town. Unfortunately, the phone went up the creek after two weeks...


But that was last year. This year I was determined tl come up with better solutions. First, I decided to get a tablet ... Mostly because it is lite-weight and since I was having to fly down with Ryanair, that was an issue. I then worked how to set up mobile Internet to use with the tablet. Next I found apps for both the phone and the tablet that would allow me to post to blogger and to work offline. I even discovered that blogger has an app that would enable me to post pictures! It had taken a lot of effort, but by last week I had it all figured out!


Then last week I went to turn on the tablet. The one I got for my birthday last June... It would not turn on!


I admit it...I am an addict to the Internet and to blogging in particular. So why can't the gods just leave me to get on with it? The good news is that at least I bought it through Amazon and when I get back to England it will be replaced. And I am, for the moment at least, able to post using my phone, tedious though it is... But I do miss keeping up to date with my favourite blogs ... Blogging is after all very much a two-way street...


In the meantime, I'll have to make do with reading and lying about in the sunshine--life is tough when an addict has to almost go 'cold turkey'!

16 comments:

  1. Hello Katherine:
    Oh the trials and tribulations of a blogger without internet access. Can sunbathing, reading and enjoying a long cold drink compensate? .......perhaps if you lie back and think of England it can!!!!

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  2. What a pain! Just think you'll have to make yourself incommunicado (spelling?) when you get back to the UK just to catch up...

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  3. Hang in there...I am a fellow addict.

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  4. I am sometimes alarmed at how annoyed I feel if the internet goes down....I shall look forward to your posts once you return to the blogosphere.
    I hope you avoid the canicule that I see announced.

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  5. Blogging is definitely a two-way street. Mrs. C. wants to leave town for a week at the end of this month and she's asked if I can be away from the computer for that long. I could only tell her that I'd try.

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  6. Many of the terms involved with Internet and blogging are interchangeable with 'other' addictions.

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  7. Oh yes!
    Glad to see you managed to post by phone!

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  8. Poor Broad. How annoying to lose your tablet like that. You'll just have to put up with lying in the shade with a long drink and a good book in the heatwave which is heading your way.

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  9. A cool drink, a good book and lapping up the warmth of the sun...that will compensate won't it? We'll look forward to reading about your adventures in non internet land when you return to Merrie Olde. Smiles - A.

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  10. I often wonder how we all managed before the internet. I go berserk if I cannot check my emails daily..... Never mind enjoy the break, relax and try to keep cool in the promised heat this weekend!!! Diane

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  11. I could make it with lots of books. I thank my lucky stars to have acquired my thirteen year old granddaughter. She "does" computers and my need to figure them out is going down. Sorry about the tablet. My sister just got one and it looks interesting.

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  12. It is so frustrating ...partly to have internet connection problems, but then to realise how life has changed, and that the 2 way communication that blogging brings has become such an important part of your life. I think it would do us all good to be reminded of life before being forever in contact with the whole world from time to time. I hope you are having a great time, and will look forward to hearing about it at a later date...in the mean time, just enjoy it, knowing that there will be lots of us eager to catch up later on.

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  13. Oh how I can emphatize with you right now. I've been without Internet access at home for about a month now and so very much miss "my people". Occasionally, I get online at the library but we're limited to an hour which is a real drag.

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  14. Oh, you poor dear! Suffering in a foreign land without the comforts of home. But I must say you have done a delightful job of posting something from your phone.

    And I do hope that sunning and reading don't kill you.

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  15. Good luck with the 'cold turkey' a good book should reduce the effects :-); but do take care with the canicule which is hitting your area.

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  16. What a great job you did of posting by phone! I have an iMac, a MacBook Air, and an iPad. Do you think I am addicted? Yep. Very much so, and blogging is an important part of it... :-)

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