After posting the article about Tourist Remover earlier today my Internet connection died suddenly and I knew that it was a problem at the Internet Provider because the phone was not working as well.
Since I use the same provider for phone and Internet that was a sure bet. I called anyway just to make sure and they said that there were problems in my region and that it could take a few hours before they were solved.
I was left with no choice but to wait until my Internet connection would work again. This was an awkward situation for me because it disturbed my usual work flow which sees me working in the morning, getting out some posts, checking stats and creating new content for other sites that I own. All of this was delayed because of the outage.
What could I do in the time that my Internet connection was down? I decided to run scan disk on all of my hard drives and Smart Defrag afterwards to optimize them. This are tasks that do not require my attention and I went to town earlier than I wanted to grab two Japanese learning books that I ordered and bring in my Nokie N73 cellphone which stopped working suddenly.
If you have a flexible schedule, it may make no difference if the Internet goes down for a couple of hours as you can just shift tasks around. It could become problematic on the other hand if the downtime takes longer than that.
But the real question that would interest me is this: What are you doing if your Internet connection is down? Are you doing something else? I suppose that only a few of you are making their money working on the Internet which might mean that it is not tragic if you cannot connect to the Internet for a few hours.
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats (video ads) or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.