Saturday, March 14, 2009

Internet and cable service -small island stylee

They claimed they came by but no one was home. So said the card I found outside my door. If they had managed to knock, they would have found otherwise. I heard a noise and looked through the window to see two men fiddling with a step ladder in the back of a truck parked on the other side of the street. Earlier in the week, one of them pulled my gate and came in to re-string wires damaged in the hurricane that ravaged the island almost seven months ago. They didn't knock then either.

But my initial estimate was right. I did say that it would be March before I had landline/ADSL and cable TV. Not sure where the cable station has reached in its restoration. They haven't yet left a card stating that they knocked on my door.

The funny things is that stealing wireless has just become more accessible. Many people have restored their internet and it seems like everyone has gone for a wireless hub this time. I have lots of unsecured networks to choose from.

The fact is that I have managed to live without landline/ADSL for almost seven months. And I managed to feed my addiction for the internet during that time. Yes signals have dropped repeatedly and it has taken me longer than usual to view a You Tube video, but I have simply worked my way around it. I pause the video and do something else while it buffers. I even managed to watch the entire 1 1/2hr video of Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture" that I shared recently. Same MO.

If I have managed to get online and stay connected, then why would I now volunteer for another bill?

Many persons have also gone out and bought satellite dishes and are receiving over 400 channels for less than what they paid for crappy cable service. Some have even pirated.

In business, if you leave your customers without your service for too long, they either do without or find another supplier. Either way, neither of the two options contribute to your bottom line.

I use a Mac. Had I been a windows user, I would have been plagued by open network viruses by now, as I was on my company issued laptop. And certainly, I would have signed up quickly to restore my own network and restrict access to moi.

I am still contemplating it...if for no other reason than preserving my own file security. Right now, I just don't have the cash.


Azikiwe said...

...gwaan use the ting my far as i am concerned the internet will be free to air, just like radio in the near future...

Sheer Almshouse said...

same way so

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