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Well, That's a First

I've complained before here (because hey, if one can't complain in one's own blog, where can one?) about the occasional connection difficulties I've encountered in the past year. Now, there are two factors involved. Possibly more, as one friend has pointed out. OK, so three factors.

One: Laptop crashed around this time last year, hard, requiring a hard-disk reformat and total re-installation of drivers and software. Hasn't quite been the same since.

Two: Started with Sky Interwebz about two months after Laptop Crash. Sky Interwebz involves two pieces of hardware, the satellite modem and the wireless router. Need the wireless router because Laptop no longer believes it has a network card for a hard-wired connection, despite the fact that the driver for same says it installed properly. (I attribute that last problem to Microshaft Winders, personally...)

Three: Friend who uses same ISP via satellite tells me that weather at the ISP Uplink Station can affect connectivity. Since I'm not sure what the weather is there just now, but am remembering not so good from reports earlier... could be.


The sites most often presenting difficulty are: Flickr/Yahoo, Facebook, occasionally LiveJournal, and now (curiously enough) Google. Curious because I've been using Google Chrome for browsing for several months now. The problem with Google is this - if I put in the URL www dot google dot com I will be directed to a site which says 'The Wiki Does Not Exist.' If, however, I simply but in www and hit enter, Google Search returns a goodly number of hits, and my link to sign into iGoogle or G-Mail is right there at the top of the screen.

The problem with LJ is usually that the journal won't display in the manner I'm used to seeing. Friends pages will, but not mine.

The problems with Flickr (owned by Yahoo) and Facebook are that I'll get a message that the site is unavailable, or there are too many redirect loops, or some other such. Connection simply won't happen, however. And often, problems connecting to one or the other before attempting connection to the alternate result in neither one connecting.

Which leads to today's first. After connecting successfully to Flickr, I am kicked into one of those 'redirect' message sites following the attempt to upload the JPGs for the photos I'm planning to take to Necronomicon Art Show next week. No further connection to either Flickr or Yahoo, except one time a login screen came up clear. I logged out. That worked.

Then I figured check in over on Facebook. And away we go to...

MySpace. WTF?

I don't do MySpace. Never visited the site.


So. No pics to show you of this year's Necro offerings. No other pics to show you either, though ... no, you'd need to be a member over on DeviantArt the way I post my nudes there and three of the pieces have nudity. And no checking in on Facebook either, apparently, for the duration.

One of the (occasional) fixes is to clear my temp files but I need to be logged out for that. Or at least I want to be logged out.

Ah well.

Haven't tried Google for Gmail just yet...

ETA: Clearing the temp files, cache, cookies etc. helped with the FB link. Dinner is now served, so y'all are out of luck on my trying the Flickr link. Ta


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 17th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)

That is just so confusing and irritating. I wish I had some advice, but sadly, no. I hope it clears up for you, though.

Oct. 17th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Well, clearing the temp files did fix the FB redirect. Haven't tried Flickr yet. Not sure where the fault lies: could be router, could be laptop, sometimes is ISP service.
Oct. 18th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
I've been thinking about getting the sky net but keep hearing stories like yours.

Dial up is out, too many good photos out there and you can share the blame for that.

But if skynet is goofy,.....sigh
Oct. 18th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Seriously, I think it is more likely a hardware issue, and that between router and laptop moreso than elsewhere. Occasionally we've lost signal with heavy rainfall, and the same is what effects a poor connection from the ISP uplink site. In general, the connection is quite good. Herself is land-lined into the router and not wireless; she's not complained about dropped image links or odd login problems to me.

So this narrows things down to Laptop, and it only connects wireless since last year.
Oct. 19th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
If Herself is happy.......
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