Woke up this morning to no Internet. Loss! Trauma! Sat on a ’phone for a long time (half an hour?) waiting for AmNet Tech Support to come good (at a few minutes to 7AM).
The bloke (“Lam”, he was Korean) hunted around for a bit then told me I'd been cut off for non-payment of bills. What? They”d hit my credit card for some tens of dollars not a week ago?
Lam hunted around a bit more and discovered a bug in their accounting system. We’d been charged the money, it had come out of the card & not been passed on to their electronic accounting system.
Lam fixed the electronic accounting & we came back to life about 2 minutes later. ’T was a tad scarey, as I had bundles of stuff ready to ship to the UK over the wire & so on.
Comms over the ’Net are getting kind of telephonic in intensity, not to mention that we never bother reading a newspaper any more ’coz some interested person either emails us or tells a news site that we read. We use it as a telephone book, map, all kinds of stuff, & have done so for years. A move to the sticks would come hard, even though we can get reasonable bandwidth anywhere we can get power.