Something I Forgot

I forgot to tell you the most interesting bit of the day on Sunday. I got home, tried to ring my sister to check she was home safely, and found that I had no phone service. No telephone, no texting and a big notice telling me there was no network service. This was still the same when we went to bed, and still the same when we got up next day. Julia had the day off, so while I dressed and made breakfast she checked in with my phone provider. No help. They reported no faults and suggested she contacted the airtime provider. They, in turn, suggested turning it off nd turning it back on.

It’s like something out of a joke isn’t it?

But it worked.

21st century technology which includes, if you bother to use it (guess who doesn’t?), enough technology to fly you to the moon. And it responds to the old switch off/switch on method, which is little better than the way we used to slap the side of the Tv to correct faults.

I now have four and a half hours to submit four sets of poetry. I think tomorrow’s blog may be a selection of excuses. Sometimes you jut have to rest and regroup. I’m going to be washing up and cooking for the next hour or so, which leaves three and a half hours. I may as well skip the poetry and just start writing the excuses.

Talking of which, I can smell burning, so I’d better go and prod the potatoes.

The picture is Trinity Bridge in Crowland. It cropped up in conversation recently.

Trinity Bridge – Crowland, Lincolnshire

13 thoughts on “Something I Forgot

  1. Lavinia Ross

    For most things, a power down (and sometimes hold for 20 seconds) is all it seems to take. We had one of those mornings here a few weeks ago, but the simple on-off didn’t work. As best I could tell after the fact, it was a roll-out that did not work as planned, throwing off voice, cell and Internet all at once. Almost a day later, service was restored.

      1. Lavinia Ross

        Sometimes leaving a device off for 20 seconds allows any capacitance in the device’s circuitry to bleed down, allowing a full reset.

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        I remember that I was told to count to twenty in the old days, but I had forgotten over the years. I recall the electricity used to crackle like static as I counted.

  2. tootlepedal

    It hardly ever fails to work. I like to have an image of tech being made up of hundreds of thousands of buckets of water, some empty and some full. If one bucket tries to empty itself into a bucket that is already full, then nothing can happen. Emptying all the buckets and filling them up again properly is the only solution. I see in my mind’s eye a little tiny nudge to just one bucket upsetting the full and empty system and bringing the whole thing to a halt, so to me it is only surprising that it doesn’t happen more often than it does. In the early days of home computing, it happened all the time.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      A good analogy. I’m way behind in my ability to think of technology. I still think of it as an electric box which works onders – electricity goes in and miracles come out.

      1. tootlepedal

        I think a lot liken that too but i had to teach young children about computers forty years ago so I needed to have a communicable view.

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