posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 12:08 AM
Some of you may know that I recently took a sabbatical from the Internet for 16 months. The current joke is that the judge went light on me - but the
reality is that money got tight and food mattered more than the Internet.
I moved in with a friend ( sharing expenses ) last week and finally have access to the Internet again! This is a great thing! So I'm walking around
grinning from ear to ear - using this friends computer, at night, to get online and get my ATS fix...
But then it came time to hook up my own system.
My computer was not WiFi enabled - and that's the kind of network we've got here. I've never messed with WiFi before so I went through the somewhat
nerve racking experience of buying a Wireless USB adaptor - praying that it would do the trick. I was sweating bullets for the three days it took to
arrive and was pleasantly surprised that it did indeed work and I had my own computer online in minutes...
That's when the nightmare began.
You want to have some real fun? Unplug your computer for 16 months and then try to get online with it. You'll have about twenty seconds of joy before
every program on your machine starts trying to update at the same time!
Then you'll spend the next day or two finding all of those other, littler things, that didn't automatically scream at you - right off the bat - that
want to update also.
Then you'll figure out that the things you used to love using now are less than desirable. Mine was Firefox. I went through the entire update process
with it only to discover that it was such a memory hog that I was waiting minutes for single pages to load. So I then had to go out and Google up what
new, small web browsers were around that wouldn't want to use up half a gig of resources just to work. I found Opera and - so far so good.
Anybody else ever suffer through this nightmare?