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Just in case you’re all wondering, I haven’t disappeared from real life, and I’m not up to my neck in trouble.  It’s just that I’m having really odd computer problems.

Or maybe not computer problems.  Maybe AOL problems.  And since AOL dial up is my only connection at home, if that isn’t working properly, then there’s not much I can do. 

One of the things that’s been happening is connection times so slow that I can’t load any site with serious graphics–but with FB, it’s even worse.  It keeps telling me I have to “download” FB, which I’ve never done before, and don’t  intend to do now.

Then there’s the thing where the program dials up, gets off, and tries to dial up again without actually hanging up the phone, causing me to have to disconnect at the jack to make the damn thing hang up.

In other words, I’m frustrated, bothered and annoyed.

And reading Trollope’s The Way We Live Now, which is very funny on a number of levels.

I’m going to go back to fighting with the machine again, but I promise a report in a day or two, assuming I can get on at all.

And, yes, I know I need a new Internet provider.


Written by janeh

May 20th, 2011 at 11:03 am

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  1. Dial-up? Ditch it, Jane. Come into the liiiiight…. surely you can get high-speed cable where you are?


    20 May 11 at 5:56 pm

  2. I assume Jane is running anti-spyware and anti-virus programs. Downloading good ones with a dial up would be horrifying.


    20 May 11 at 6:25 pm

  3. jd

    20 May 11 at 6:28 pm

  4. A virus, perhaps?

    I thought I was the only one left who used basic dialup at home and highspeed at work!

    The system works for me, but viruses are a risk because I couldn’t get the free for work & home anti-virus package from my employer to work on my home system.


    21 May 11 at 8:08 am

  5. The freebie anti-virus program I use is Avast, Cheryl – free for home use. It’s available here: http://www.avast.com .

    Works a treat on my Windows 7 system, but I’m not sure if they have a version for older systems. Check it out.


    21 May 11 at 10:23 pm

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