Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Many of you, I'm sure, are fed up with my constant whinging about living in this province of Dialup Dementia. Newfoundland is one of the most beautiful places in the world, but its politicos have a complete and utter disregard for its magnificent outports, many of which have to struggle along on the internet technology of the last century.
Where I live is one of them. And yes, I'm an activist, I write/email all of the politicos involved, both federal and provincial. Some don't even bother to respond, that's how little head-time they allocate to the legitimate concerns of those poor schmucks who put them in office. Poor schmucks who pay taxes and want to develop businesses in afore-mentioned outports but can't due to technological restrictions.
A further glitch was added when I recently bought a new laptop. A dial-up port is no longer provided on laptops. I had to BUY, at the cost of an additional $70.00 a USB dialup adaptor. Yep, totally recessive hardware, costing me extra money for an appalling connection.
To avoid regular head explosions at this ongoing and painful challenge to my business life I would play bridge or solitaire or mahjongg from a games CD I had bought for this purpose.
But in the last few months, I decided to move a little shelf unit beside my computer in my office. This is stocked with wools and knitting needles. Now while I await uploads and downloads - which can take hours - I knit.
This, more than anything else, has saved my sanity, along with frequent trips to Toronto. You can see above the rather fancy dishcloths I make and gift to friends and family.
The necessity of sanity being the mother of invention and all that.