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Someone should write a book about this!
Woke up this morning to find the Internet down. Not just the broadband at home, but all of our phones as well. Optus had fallen over. I shrugged it off at first, thinking, well, at least I won't be tempted to waste time on Facebook. I'll be able to get an early start at work. And I was, except, of course, that I couldn't access any of the online tools I normally use.
It was a pretty quick lesson in just how totally dependent I’ve become on streamed services. Even my favourite dictionary (Onelook.com) is online. No probs, I told myself. I’ll just consult my trusty…
What’s the word I’m looking for?
I don’t know because I couldn’t find the hardcover edition of the Macquarie Dictionary and Thesaurus that sat on my desk, gathering dust for so many years. It's hard to believe, but I must've got rid of them at some point. I never do that. I never throw away anything. But apparently, I threw away two of the most useful books I have ever owned.
Dictation services were also down, except for Siri within Apple's Pages. That one must be available on device, but it's nowhere near as accurate as the Dragon-based software that Microsoft folded into Word. Software you need a live connection to run.
I kept reaching for my phone or clicking into Safari on the Mac, thinking I’d do a quick search of the news to see if it was a big outage or just me. But of course, I couldn’t. No internet. Even our landline was gone, ditched years ago in favour of mobiles.
It made me think that when the Chinese do decide to grab up Taiwan and all those TSMC fabs, we’ll know because we won’t know. Everything will just go dark.
In the meantime I should probably buy a battery-powered radio and a dictionary/thesaurus.