OpinionTwo months with limited/no internet is hard work.
      – Thelevellers, 2009-07-01 at 12:44:41   (27 comments)

On 2009-07-01 at 12:47:20, Thelevellers wrote...
I am living with my parents for the summer, and they live in a stable with no mains electricity (they have a battery bank and generator, working on wind/solar power), and limited mobile internet reception - though the fact that their laptop is rubbish makes that fairly pointless. I am already struggling after 5 days! I have managed to steal my exs internet today, but I'm apprehensive about the rest of the summer - where will my NEXT fix come from?! :O
On 2009-07-01 at 14:30:32, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I think the longest I've gone is a few hours, or perhaps a day. Even on my recent weekend away I managed to use the hotel's shared computer for a few minutes, which is a shame. I guess you're in an enviable position though, since most of us don't have the willpower to truly disconnect. Ideally you want to be in contact with people socially, perhaps by text on your mobile, but not looking at random sites on the Internet for the sake of it. Looking up stuff on Google is hugely convenient, however.
On 2009-07-02 at 03:27:25, BorgClown wrote...
Son... I am disappoint...
On 2009-07-02 at 10:09:32, Thelevellers wrote...
Actually it's not all bad! I knew I would have the local (tiny) library computers, but after trying discussionator on the ardiff library ones I discovered the non-microsoft policy (I approve, incidentally!). Luckily I have just discovered Firefox is available on my local library computers! YAY! I have also been checking emails with the gmail mobile app, but I don't have the money or a good enough phone to really bother with that. It is quite nice to have enforced internetlessness (heh, I rephrased that to fit that word in *giggles*), you learn all about how to do other stuff like just sit in a hammock watching the buzzards hunt for an hour or so (admittedly I did have my mp3 player for that!). The social aspect is pretty screwed as I have no money to travel to my friends, but hopefully I can tempt them with helping me chop up a few trees...
On 2009-07-02 at 10:10:25, Thelevellers wrote...
Ahem, I should stop using this site as a 'social' outlet, and go find some interesting books to read. Anyone got any tips for somethign to follow the fascinating 'the Meme Machine' by Susan Blackmore. I'm up for some more 'popular science' type stuff, or maybe some good sci-fi...?
On 2009-07-02 at 13:02:13, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I read more fantasy than I do sci-fi, although I recently read Martians Go Home which is quite entertaining. My favourite books from last year were the Black Magician Trilogy. The logs show lots of Microsoft users bouncing off the site - it draws a lot of people based on their Google hits for various topics, but it's not like they're switching browsers and coming back. True cluefullessness.
On 2009-07-02 at 13:23:36, DigitalBoss wrote...
You must be trying to reduce your carbon footprint. I am trying to increase mine.
On 2009-07-03 at 03:31:45, BorgClown wrote...
@Thelevellers: If you haven't read it, "The Metamorphosis" by Kafka is a interesting and unusual short book. I also tend to lose myself in "One thousand and one nights". Those are guaranteed to be in your local library.
On 2009-07-03 at 03:37:59, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Browser FAIL. Do they get warned that this site works better with Firefox? Maybe they already have Firefox and they don't know that only MSIE borks DNr.
On 2009-07-03 at 14:23:25, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It says "Sorry, Discussionator doesn't support Microsoft browsers." Hmm, I just tried it in Wine and it seems the frame with alternative browsers doesn't load - no wonder I seem them reloading over and over in the logs. It seems to have disappeared around February... http://web.archive.org/web/20080202071454/http://www.alternativebrowseralliance.com/browsers.html
On 2009-07-04 at 01:05:56, BorgClown wrote...
It works fine with WinXP+MSIE in VirtualBox. Latest patches installed.
On 2009-07-04 at 08:21:48, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: I've pointed it at the archive.org version, so the page is displayed but isn't from the real site.
On 2009-07-04 at 09:36:20, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: Oh, it's back again now. Perhaps it was just me. http://alternativebrowseralliance.com/browsers.html
On 2009-07-07 at 14:55:42, Thelevellers wrote...
@DigitalBoss: I'm not trying to reduce mine, it's already tiny - I don't drive (no license), so I use public transport or my push-bike. The only major electricity cunsumption for me is my computer, and that is pretty big admittedly (on 16+ hours a day usually), but other than that I have an unintentionally small carbon footprint. @Lee: I get bored of too much fantasy, and having re-read LOTR recently, and Pratchett's Withches 'trilogy' (the three withces books repackaged as such) the other week I feel my fantasy quota is pretty full... Vaguely related fact: I SAW BLUR ON FRIDAY! WOO YEAH BABY! :D Still excited retrospectively about that...
On 2009-07-07 at 18:36:05, Baslisks wrote...
Steampunk, the best of both worlds.
On 2009-07-07 at 18:42:56, Lee J Haywood wrote...
You will get bored if you read mainstream stuff all the time. Try something that's recommended but not what everyone else is reading.
On 2009-07-08 at 01:18:03, BorgClown wrote...
Extremely slow Internet and extremely slow computer? Perfect for http://nethack.alt.org !
On 2009-07-09 at 09:33:33, Thelevellers wrote...
@Baslisks: Don't remind me of steampunk! I have a slowburner idea in that area that I don't wanna go off half-cocked, but at the same time I really want to do it NOW! Grrr... *desires after money* Actually the computer and internet at home aren't always bad, I realised that we have been using it with one bar of reception, it randomly reached 3 bars the other day and it was on a par with wired broadband! Sadly this same location randomly loses reception for no reason all the time :'( I am encouraging my parents to acquire an EeePC, fingers crossed their current laptop dies ;) Maybe I'll take a look at your suggestions, Lee, I'm out of books at home now :(
On 2009-07-10 at 20:13:27, BorgClown wrote...
Mmmh, unreliable wireless broadband? It must be very, very interesting to have fun trying to improve the reception.
On 2009-07-11 at 05:08:53, Baslisks wrote...
have you discovered the wonderful area of antenna theory?
On 2009-07-11 at 18:09:59, BorgClown wrote...
What theory? Just randomly twist coat hangers until you get it right =)
On 2009-07-17 at 14:52:01, Thelevellers wrote...
I don;t want to completely break the usb dongle, so I'm proceeding with care in the antenna extension direction... :)
On 2009-07-18 at 01:30:59, BorgClown wrote...
Randomnly break it until it works better. If it stops working, just break it a little more.
On 2009-07-23 at 09:41:16, Thelevellers wrote...
Yay! My favourite type of bodging! WITH A HAMMER! :D I'll get on to that once I've finished the solar hot water system... :)
On 2009-08-01 at 15:54:03, Scarletxstarlet wrote...
Try nine months.
On 2009-08-05 at 21:09:47, Thelevellers wrote...
Ouch. I have to say here that actually my lack of internet has been awesome: I have started reading like a mofo! and have found some really great books... Go read Don Dellilo, Will Self and Stephen Fry everybody! :D Though Go for White Noise or Underworld for Dellilo, they are the best of his I've read, and some others i haveonly struggled through with cause I love White noise so much... Underworld is excellent. Still in the middle of it... :D
On 2009-10-09 at 07:07:15, Bensci wrote...
but also would allow for much more accomplishment/productivity