Still in the wilderness

Human shapes and fire engines

Unfortunately, I am still sans internet. It seems the only way to get DSL is to pledge an entire working day, then wait to discover what time the installation team cares to show up. They don’t do evenings or weekends, naturally, and they certainly cannot commit to a time more specific than ‘probably am’ or ‘probably pm.’

To anyone who has sent messages to my personal email accounts, I apologize. I simply cannot check them until I get access at home or lug my laptop to a coffee shop downtown. The latter, I may undertake tonight.

[Update: 31 July 12:05pm] At least my July 21st issue of The Economist has finally managed to wander to the right place. I am not entirely isolated from the goings on in the world outside the TLC complex.

[Update: 1 August 2007] By midnight on August 3rd, I will have a DSL connection through TekSavvy – one of the local ISPs that seems to be well liked by people on web forums. Thankfully, someone who lived in my flat previously had DSL set up; as such, I don’t need to spend an entire day waiting for Bell to show up and make hardware adjustments.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

6 thoughts on “Still in the wilderness”

  1. Is it the same for cable modems?

    As long as a previous tennant had one or the other, it would seem that there would be no need for an on-site installation. You would just need to pick up the modem, plug it in, and have them initialize the connection from their end.

  2. Cant you check your email at work?? The rest of the world does it almost constantly, unless your employer is of the particularly fascist type that blocks email sites..


  3. The government has ways of controlling which bits of the interwebs are accessible.

  4. I hope you manage to get internet access soon. I miss seeing photos atop your posts.

  5. Some Teksavvy stats:

    Approximate download speed (within Canada): 3500 kb/s

    Upload speed: 566 kb/s

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