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Our landline rang this afternoon – a rare thing these days – and just as Uncle B answered it, our phone line died. Phone, internet, all of it. A spooky crackly sound came out of the receiver and that’s it.

We know who called. It was a living person, not a dead pet or anything.

A brief conversation with our supplier later, and they’re sending an engineer in the morning. It’s just us, so something physical probably happened to our line. It’s been hella windy lately.

No internet for the evening? That’s unpossible! Have you tried turning your phone into a hotspot? Turns out it’s super easy. You just poke that button in the picture.

The first time I did, it I had to set up a name and password (name: weaselfone password: mustelid. Help yourself). It’s painless and almost quicker than our router. I recommend it in a pinch.

But of course, it’s burning data, so I won’t linger.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 17, 2024, 9:20 pm

Yes, very nice to have! When I’m out and about with my notebook I use the hotspot in preference to public wifi because of security. I honestly don’t think anybody has targeted me specifically, but these days you never know who’s dysoning up (“hoovering” is sooooo dated) whatever’s in the air.

I’ve used two setups over the past few years:
SSID: HELL, PW: HandBasket

I get simple-minded pleasure out of naming SSIDs. Past networks include INCOMPATIBLE, MALWARE, and HERPES.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: April 17, 2024, 11:05 pm

I like having the phone hotspot and use it quite often when out and about, but then some sucker gave me unlimited data on my phone because I’m a senior….so I just let ‘er rip!.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: April 18, 2024, 1:04 am

Use it all the time while I’m pretending I know how to build a house out in East Texas.

I avoid public networks like the Wuhan Flu.

I was going to suggest lightning called you. Can’t get the childhood image of the “electric guy” our power company used in their labeling to make electricity “friendly” and I was hoping he popped out to say “Hi! howerewe!” to y’all.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: April 18, 2024, 4:07 pm

The electric man? Why Reddy Kilowatt, of course!


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