For the second day this week we have exceeded our ISP’s “download allowance”. We are not prevented from accessing the Internet; it’s just very very slow and some websites won’t load at all – sort of like being on dial-up again. So there’s not much I can do online right now other than sit here and complain. And since I have enough to do in realspace I won’t be doing much of that.
It’s funny how Internet access has become almost a necessity, like electricity. We know we can live without it because people lived without it for thousands of years but it’s really, seriously inconvenient. I have gotten used to being able to look stuff up any time I want to. Everything from shopping to reading the news to looking up names of actors I recognize but can’t place to checking obscure facts to recipes and on and on. Life without the Internet or with limited access is primitive. I know some people would say I’m “addicted”. Okay, so I’m addicted. I’m also addicted to electricity and running water.
This slow-down shouldn’t last long though. HughesNet apparently calculates bandwidth by the day instead of by the month so we don’t have to wait until September to be back to normal like we would have on Wildblue. As soon as we’re back up to normal speed I will definitely make up for lost time.