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Internet Connection Restored [Mar. 20th, 2005|09:25 am]
Bob Bain
[Current Mood |relievedrelieved]

My Internet connection was lost on Friday morning at the very time I was due to lodge an on-line dole application. After about an hour and half of frantic calls to my ISP which involved suggestions regarding the use of paper-clips and a backup dial up connection (which didn't / doesn't work) I filled in my dole form and took it to the St. Mary's dole office (by hand).

At 3.15 on Friday my ISP called and suggested that paper-clips are not necessary and that Telstra had requested that I unplug the modem from the power connection, leave it for twenty minutes and try again. I did - and nothing happened. I quoted various things from my ADSL modem configuration and it was noted that I didn't appear to have a PPP over Ethernet signal (which I should have).

It was left that I should leave the modem on and Telstra would investigate and rebuild the PPPoE connection (if necessary). Nothing had happened by Saturday evening so I started to wonder whether this Internet thing is worth the money, noting that I have become dependant on it for a variety of things from dole lodgement to banking to Uni studies and indeed the "Research Project" required for the University.

After several months attempting to reconcile my "nervous condition" with my physical state and I relented and purchased a supply of the appropriate prescription nerve relaxing agent. This morning I awoke from a dream where I was at the New Zealand ferry with about $21 in US bank notes and woke up confronting the authorities with a colourful t-shirt (multicoloured and fluorescent) with a copious volume of Australian expletives. Freud would probably understand it. I have a hunch I might as well.

This morning (Sunday) I reset the modem and tried again and the Internet appeared for which I am eternally grateful even though at times I wonder if it's more harmful than otherwise. I am thinking "seek curry and live". The temperatures have dropped to the 18 to 20 degrees centigrade level which potentially makes life more comfortable.