When Your Internet Goes Down... What Do You Do?
The last week or so, our home access to the Internet has ranged between inconsistent and non-existent. After days of intermittent restarts and annoyances, I finally called my friends at Comcast, admitting defeat. They courteously agreed to come out and replace our family's modem for free, tomorrow morning sometime between 7:30 am and 8:30 am. That I can handle. But until then, all these devices that live on the web are close to useless without connectivity. No Netflix. No YouTube. Not much, period.
Thank goodness I have the Chromebook around. Instead of staring blankly at the flashing lights of my modem and trying to fix it overnight with bailing wire and chewing gum, I just grabbed some more bytes from Verizon and am back to the web at 3G speeds, which means I can still use Google+, get to my Gmail, and get my docs on Google Drive. While I'd obviously prefer to have full WiFi speed, and I don't dare try to launch a hangout, it's great to know I'm not completely disconnected. And should I want to do some real work, I can always log out of my consumer account and fire up my corporate Google account. Pretty nice. Notice how the stats in the bottom right corner show the Chromebook can go several hours without a charge, and notice it's running on 3G instead of WiFi or a wired connection. I'll take it.