Before we get started, it’s probably worth mentioning the origin of the picture accompanying this post.Â It’s a still from the Studio Ghibli movie “The Cat Returns”. If you’ve never heard of Studio Ghibli, you can’t be my friend (or at least you need to go watch several of their movies, and then I might consider talking to you again. You’ll learnÂ who Totoro is, why the Cat Bus is awesome, and where Laputa was).
So. The Internet Returns. As I stumbled down the stairs this morning towards the shower, my other half looked at her phone, and excitedly shouted “THE WIFIÂ IS BACK UP!”. This meant that our household had completely it’s changeover from ADSL to Fibre. For the majority of yesterday we had no telephone line, and no internet connection while the engineers do whatever it is that engineers do when they open the mysterious green boxes on street corners. Never let it be known that I am the internet obsessed geek in the house – my other half proved it at 7am this morning.
We wereÂ getting 25 megabits down this morning – about twice what we used to get, and we’re now getting about 12 during early eveningÂ – I’m guessing contention has a lot to do with that. It’s funny really – remember when we all thought 500 kilobits was fast? Hell – I remember when I thought a 56K modem was pretty special – but then I’m very, very old – I can remember the “You’ve Got Mail” voice ringing out from AOL.
It was odd, having no internet connection last night. I watched TV while washing up, and ended up doing all manner of chores that I normally wouldn’t have done – purely because I had nothing better to do. I could have read a book I suppose – but the flipside was getting up this morning to a fairly tidy house.
Ok. I have to stop writing. Errands to run. Children to pick up from football pitches. Bedtime wrangling to achieve.