There was a significant fire not too far from me last week that took out the Telstra phone exchange in Warnambool.
This has meant that landlines have been down since last Wednesday and we have been without the Internet as a result (although my phone works about 80% of the time).
This has been beyond frustrating! There are so many things I can’t do at school, so many fun things I want to do with my students that we simply can’t do without internet access. Also, not having the net at home is awful. I rely on it so much! From social networking, to researching things for work, to watching endless episodes of “Would I Lie To You” on YouTube.
I am sadly, very addicted to the Internet and I am hating this.
Also, how can such a major corporation not have a contingency plan for events like this? It’s screwing our schools for endless reasons. As well as frustrating my actual classroom teaching, we also transferred our reporting system online at the start of the year, which we now can’t access. They’ve managed to reconnect essential services, like the banks, the hospital and 000 (which was down for a day or so!), but the rest of us are just waiting.
This is definitely a ‘first world problems’ rant I know, but it is very frustrating.