Sunday, May 20, 2012

Virgin Mobile Broadband SLOW!

I'm writing and posting this article on dial-up.

That's correct. $6 a month dial-up. (Lucky for me I never got rid of my dependable old "Bell System" hard-wired landline!) You see, my broadband service has slowed to a crawl for reasons known only to Virgin Mobile. The company did implement a new service offering network-wide, and that is probably causing the slowdown.

As we know from our experiences with Google, when it ain't broke and you "fix" it, you end up "f***king" it up. I'm also seeing a variety of odd breakdowns on my Virgin Mobile BlackBerry. Whatever is going on, it must be network-wide.

Again a reminder of how much we have come to rely on computers, and how "helpless" and "powerless" we are without them. At least to some extent. So now I'll bring up my insistence that "cloud computing"  be avoided at all costs. The more you can do on your laptop or desktop PC when it is NOT connected to the internet, the better off you are. Also, turn off those "automatic updates" lest you find yourself mourning the loss of a useful feature or application that someone has decided you don't need or want anymore.
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