I know I sorta disappeared all of a sudden but it was not really by choice. I am, however, still alive and kicking.
The sad truth is that I am paying the price for good, clean (and cheap) country living. Back here off the beaten track I do not have high speed internet as even an remote option. A few miles east or north I would have cable but once you cross the county line, it is like all signs of civilization just stop.
Well this wasn't much of a problem for awhile. My dialup, while slow, wasn't that bad. Until one day, after a thunderstorm, I started connecting at 9.6 kbps.
Now for those who have only read about dialup, here is a fact for you. The phone company is in no way responsible for the speed of your connection. As long as you have an active connection with no audible noise, their job is done.
So, I switched lines. This gave me a slower speed then I had previously (around 48 instead of 53) but still usable.
This lasted for awhile then those speeds went to (pardon my french) hell too. Now I connect at 28.8 which is barely enough to load one webpage, much less the 5-6 I need to do proper linkage and research on a review. And you do not want to know how long it takes me to load up something like Facebook or a graphic intense author's webpage.
I had hoped for a miracle restoration of my previous speeds (stranger things have happened!) but obviously I forgot to factor in my usual amount of luck, or lack thereof.
So what should take me a hour, maybe 2, to post, now takes hours and hours of frustrating page load times and honestly, when I caught myself yelling at the dog for no reason other then the fact that I couldn't get a vital page to load, I decided to give it a rest.
I won't claim to be gone completely. You never know, they might get cable in here one day or maybe the right trees will fall over so I can get a satellite dish but until then I am just SoL.
I do miss you guys though....