Where's My Internet?

Last Friday I arrived in my office about 8:30 AM, ready to tackle several small projects, and get them sent off to clients. Full of motivation and caffeine, nothing could stop me. Nothing, that is, except a dead Internet connection. The first clue was MailWasher, lying on its back with its paws in the air. No email was coming in or going out.
Excellent! I couldn’t get to YouSendIt and upload or download client files. A client asked me to check some files on their network, but Citrix doesn’t work either, if you can’t connect to it.
So, the first hour of the workday was spent muttering, assuming the connection would be back up shortly. That didn’t happen, so I spent 1/2 hour on the phone with the ISP’s tech support, diagnosing and fixing the problem.
Apparently my static IP had become a little too static, and that was fixed by unplugging the modem for five minutes. I’ve made a note in my ISP manual, beside the tech support phone number, so I’ll remember to try that next time, before wasting my time on the phone.
Finally back in action, I managed to complete most of my to-do list. I’ll be travelling with my laptop this week, and hope it all goes smoothly. (What could possibly go wrong?)

Browser Tip

And speaking of the Internet, how have I been using the it for all these years, without knowing this trick?

  • In a web browser, press the space bar on your keyboard, to scroll down a page.
  • Shift and the space bar will scroll up a page.