To be fair, which this cartoon blatantly isn’t of course, the internet connection at Maddie_C’s is now beginning to sort itself out. It has been on a lot more than it has been off over this weekend. But it has been a difficult week with a lot of phonecalls, plugging things in and unplugging them, turning things on and off, checking to see whether the wind had changed direction etc etc. I must also say in defence of BT that you can always get to speak to a human being on a local rate call within a couple of minutes when you call their broadband support, which is more than you can say for just about any other large company I have had dealings with.
But I’m still not sure whether (a) BT is a bad choice for broadband (b) Wireless internet is a problematic technology or (c) Broadband is often very unreliable for the first few days while the line ‘checks its speed’ and generally gets used to the fact of its own existence. I’d like to think it is (b) or (c), not least because BT dialup is in my experience superbly reliable, so it’s hard to see how they could get one thing so right and another so wrong.
I have a question for those of you who have broadband. Do you leave the blessed thing on night and day? If so do you find yourself checking your spam and moderating comments at moments when you should be doing something more useful? Or do you turn it off except when you are using it? We are a bit reluctant to turn off the connection here in case it never comes back again.