Still in the wilderness

2007-07-31

in Daily updates, Geek stuff, Internet matters

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.

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Anon July 31, 2007 at 9:42 am

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.

Claire August 1, 2007 at 9:41 am

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..

Claire

Anon August 1, 2007 at 9:46 am

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

Anonymous August 3, 2007 at 3:47 pm

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

Milan February 23, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Some Teksavvy stats:

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

Upload speed: 566 kb/s

Milan February 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Compared with average speeds in Toronto, Ontario, and Canada, TekSavvy doesn’t score very well.

They are even below the world average…

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