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25 June 2012 - 7:10am

I've had no internet and its like my arm has been cut off!

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I've had a very unproductive last few days with our ADSL line failing for some reason so I haven't had an internet connection. And while its nice to have a bit of peace and quiet at home with the (unfortunately sick with a cold) kids, it makes me realise how much I depend on the online world these days. My line is still patchy but here's hoping they get someone out to fix it before Wednesday which is what good old Telstra (Australian for useless) told me!

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25 June 2012 - 5:25pm
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Having worked for an internet service provider that did ADSL, let me tell you I feel your pain. I know how incredibly frustrating it is, especially when you are so attached to the damn online world nowadays.

I have seen everything from squirrels chewing phone lines to engineers attaching the wrong socket at the NID causing problems. It is almost enough to make me want to go back to cable with its higher speeds; but then I realize it is less reliable (at least where I am at).

Hang in there!

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25 June 2012 - 10:13pm
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I go through terrible withdrawals when I am without my computer, unless it is MY decision to unplug. My PT job is also online, so imagine the hours I spend attached to this thing, lol. I call it my "umbilical cord," as I drag my laptop from room to room, lol. I feel your pain, and you have been missed!

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I have weaned myself off tv over the last few years and don't really miss it. I pay most of my bills online. That is really a convenience. This is my connection to the world though. I think I would miss it, if it were down more than a day.

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27 June 2012 - 11:29am
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Well I finally got it fixed today. The pit outside my house on the footpath that has some connection box thingie was filled with water and the water was ruining the line. I've had the same thing fixed only about 6 months ago and a few other times over the last 10 years. Lucky I don't have to pay for it but it seems like a colossal waste of time and money when they put these things in a pit in the ground that has no waterproofing and the supposedly waterproof little black box keeps getting destroyed by water. That's Telstra for you!

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28 June 2012 - 2:55am
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Well I finally got it fixed today. The pit outside my house on the footpath that has some connection box thingie was filled with water and the water was ruining the line. I've had the same thing fixed only about 6 months ago and a few other times over the last 10 years. Lucky I don't have to pay for it but it seems like a colossal waste of time and money when they put these things in a pit in the ground that has no waterproofing and the supposedly waterproof little black box keeps getting destroyed by water. That's Telstra for you!

Our internet service, in another state, kept going out....usually after a rain. The lines were so badly frayed that it was causing interruptions. The installer said it was because the squirrels bite the lines? Wouldn't that meant there would be a lot of dead squirrels around?

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Our internet service, in another state, kept going out....usually after a rain. The lines were so badly frayed that it was causing interruptions. The installer said it was because the squirrels bite the lines? Wouldn't that meant there would be a lot of dead squirrels around?

I have definitely heard of this before. I know two different people who had animals/critters chewing on the lines, so I believe this could happen. Maybe the squirrels just got lucky. lol

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3 July 2012 - 2:25am
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Maybe they knew how much to chew without getting electrocuted. Smile

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They chew the insulation of the wires, and although I am not certain, phone lines may not carry enough voltage to shock the critters.

I do know for sure they chew the insulation though.

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They chew the insulation of the wires, and although I am not certain, phone lines may not carry enough voltage to shock the critters.

I do know for sure they chew the insulation though.

You are probably right. I didn't see any dead squirrels around.

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