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5:33pm on Tuesday, 19th January, 2010:

Red Light


In 10 minutes, I'm supposed to be giving a talk in Second Life to a group of students in Washington. However, I will not be giving such a talk.

Here's why:

There's a piece of black tape over those lights so they don't illuminate the whole house at night, but you can still see what's under them. They're the lights on my router, and the middle one is the broadband finger. You'll notice that it's red. It's supposed to be blue.

I left the house at 3:50 to pick up my daughter from school. When I got back in time for a 4:30 dry run of the Second Life meeting, I found that my broadband link had gone down. Rebooting my PC and my router didn't work, so I called BT. I called them on the phone that uses the broadband line, so I knew it wasn't disconnected.

BT ran a test on the line, then had me try a manual connection from my router, then when that didn't work ran another test on the line that took 10 minutes. When that didn't work, they decided there was a fault with the wire that they'll get an engineer to fix sometime in the next 49 hours.

Oh great.

So, sorry to the people waiting for me in Washington. I'd email you about it, but my Internet is down.

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