No web access

I’ve had no access to the Web since last Thursday (15 March), and am posting this from an internet cafe, so there won’t be any new postings or responses to comments here until access is restored, whenever that may be. So if you’ve made a comment on this blog and there has been been no response, that is why.

I’m not sure what the problem is — my normal e-mail still seems to be working for now, though Web mail on Gmail, Yahoo etc is gone. We’ve reported it as a fault, but it could be that we have just run out of bandwidth — kids looking at too many YouTube videos or something. I never look at YouTube myself for precisely this reason, but I think my sons do. If that is the cause, then we’ll have to forbid videos altogether. My wife is looking for a job, and losing Web access for 2 weeks each month makes it difficult.

Running out of bandwidth

For the last couple of days we have had no internet access, because we have used up our 2 Gig limit.

This means that we cannot use e-mail or any other services for one week out of four, and so if anyone wonders why we haven’t responded to e-mails etc, that is why.

There seems to be an idea the “broadband” means unlimited access, and so people scoff at complaints about sending e-mails with HTML codes that take up ten times the space of the message text, and things like that. I’ve never looked at YouTube videos that people put in ther blogs, or refer to in e-mails, and newsgroup postings, and we still run out of bandwidth.

Of course part of it is spam, but the fact is that bandwidth is not unlimited, even in these days of high-speed connections.

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