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22 hours ago, Zelandeth said:

Looks like we're going to be for all intents and purposes, without broadband for the best part of a month as a result.  While everyone is working from home. 

What fun.

As an emergency alternative, if you need to stay online:  Smarty mobile.  Runs on the 3 network.  £20/month for completely and utterly unlimited data on 3G and 4G.  No limit on data tethering either.  No contract.  Shove one of their SIMs in an old phone and set it to mobile hotspot and you have instant mobile broadband at home.

and it really is unlimited too.  I've pulled down over 700GB in a month, no restrictions and no throttling.

...plus unlimited free texts and calls.  But that's nothing new these days.

I still have an introductory additional SIM that they sent me, which gives both the recipient and me a free month.  If anyone wants it.

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On 13/01/2021 at 20:13, Split_Pin said:

The heating in my parents house has packed up entirely but an engineer cannot come until Monday to fix it.

So until then, my parents, both over 70, have to sit in a freezing cold house with only a blow heater. I have ample room to accommodate them but because of restrictions on travel and going into others houses, they cannot visit and just have to continue to freeze.

Frustrated and worried.

I think that travel is perfectly legal due to emergency the situation. 

Invest 50 quid in 5 electric heaters from Argos or screw fix, click and collect. Maybe. 

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42 minutes ago, Talbot said:

As an emergency alternative, if you need to stay online:  Smarty mobile.  Runs on the 3 network.  £20/month for completely and utterly unlimited data on 3G and 4G.  No limit on data tethering either.  No contract.  Shove one of their SIMs in an old phone and set it to mobile hotspot and you have instant mobile broadband at home.

and it really is unlimited too.  I've pulled down over 700GB in a month, no restrictions and no throttling.

...plus unlimited free texts and calls.  But that's nothing new these days.

I still have an introductory additional SIM that they sent me, which gives both the recipient and me a free month.  If anyone wants it.

Sadly coverage on 3 here is rubbish.  One of our friends is on 3 and has to sign onto our WiFi to do anything beyond checking his email.

Vodafone have sent us a mobile router...but the 2Mb/s it's managing isn't going to cut it!

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58 minutes ago, wuvvum said:

I've been managing on around 2MB/s for years now.  The joys of living in the sticks.

2MB/s or 2Mb/s ?

as 2MB/s is roughly 20Mb/s

so about 10x more then what poor Zel is getting!

 (MB/s is Megabytes a second and Mb/s is megabits a second for those wondering and there are 8 bits to a byte)

On 14/01/2021 at 15:48, Zelandeth said:

Oh look...our change of broadband provider has turned into a complete and utter shitshow.  Colour me unsurprised.

Looks like we're going to be for all intents and purposes, without broadband for the best part of a month as a result.  While everyone is working from home. 

What fun.

if you dont mind me what asking, whats gone tits up do you know? (just wondering whats gone so badly wrong that you might be without broadband for a month!)

and who where you with/are going to? we used to be on BT but moved to Virgin around 2014 or so? as BTs fibre optic option was not available in my area at the time, its been pretty smooth sailing for the most part, although the Virgin Superhub 3 Router/cable modem is a POS with a buggy intel chipset who's CPU has a unpatchable hardware bug LOL

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1 hour ago, wuvvum said:

I've been managing on around 2MB/s for years now.  The joys of living in the sticks.

Doesn't seem that long ago when 56K was the best you could get - and if you were getting a true download speed of over 35K you were doing well.

If it was just me I'd manage.  However there are *three* people here on near constant video conferences at the moment who are reliant on this connection.  That's the issue.  If we can't make this work, commuting to London is the alternative for one of them.

Our current connection sits at very slightly over 30Mb, and it's *barely* coping with the load.  Hence the decision to upgrade to the 900Mb one when it became available

 

And yes, that is megabit, not byte.

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32 minutes ago, LightBulbFun said:

2MB/s or 2Mb/s ?

as 2MB/s is roughly 20Mb/s

so about 10x more then what poor Zel is getting!

 (MB/s is Megabytes a second and Mb/s is megabits a second for those wondering and there are 8 bits to a byte)

if you dont mind me what asking, whats gone tits up do you know? (just wondering whats gone so badly wrong that you might be without broadband for a month!)

and who where you with/are going to? we used to be on BT but moved to Virgin around 2014 or so? as BTs fibre optic option was not available in my area at the time, its been pretty smooth sailing for the most part, although the Virgin Superhub 3 Router/cable modem is a POS with a buggy intel chipset who's CPU has a unpatchable hardware bug LOL

Basically we were scheduled in for an installation date that didn't exist.  So CityFibre (who own the infrastructure) cancelled the works order.  However Vodafone (who are the service provider) didn't bother to make any actual effort to alert me to this fact.  Once we got that sorted out the ball was set rolling again - but the installation date was pushed back from January 19th to March 2nd.  This was after we'd already set the cancellation date with our current provider (who aren't willing to budge on that date now).  So our existing service will cease on January 20th, and that's it until March.

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4 hours ago, wuvvum said:

Anyone else keep getting a "Pardon our interruption..." message when browsing eBay?  I've been getting it since last night.

Yes. Seemed to be triggering when i try to search for items within a certain distance last night.

Seems a bit better today but triggered it a couple of times narrowing searches down again.

 

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18 minutes ago, Zelandeth said:

It would be really nice if like... anyone, it feels like...was taking the whole being in lockdown thing seriously.

There's more traffic out there (both vehicular and pedestrian) today right now than I'd expect at this time of day on a normal day.

Same round here. I just nipped across to the shop for a couple of things and Great Northern Road was a solid line of traffic. I haven't seen it so bad in quite some time.

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Ma's just been doing my bonce in by being a diabetic mad woman. It's obvious she's having a hypo, and the obvious solution is glucose.

It's like trying to persuade a small child who doesn't like veg that pureed carrots are the best thing ever. With a side order of I'm not drunk m8. No Ma, holding a bottle of glucose doesn't work, drink it. "I'll be alright in a minute" x 11 billion.  No, you won't. Sugar is that low all the meter can come up with is "Lo". She then becomes obsessed that the meter is broken, and must find one that isn't. Stop fucking about and drink the glucose, 4 meters say you're fucked, you don't need to find batteries for an old one out of the cupboard for a fifth confirmation. "Why is it so hot in here?" It isn't. it's you. FFS drink!!!!!

Now being mardy 'cos I was nasty* to her and she would have been right in a minute.

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Jeez the scrap man works quick . I put the old tumble dryer on the drive , went out to get the new one , put it in the house , went out to load the car up with the old one ....

And it was gone !!!!

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Being a greedy grump today. Bob the builder burning chipboard in a smokeless zone with obvious smoky results. Ma expecting me to email the council's illegal fire department, who will come and stop BTB instantly. Doesn't work like that Ma. But if you want to start an official feud and blight your property value etc go right ahead.

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