When is a Website Like a Pogostick?

Volume 7, Issue 10; 18 Jan 2004; last modified 08 Oct 2010

After several months of basically rock-solid service, my connectivity has become quite sporadic. I’m working on it. Apologies for the inconvenience.

This mortal life is a little thing, lived in a little corner of the earth; and little, too, is the longest fame to come—dependent as it is on a succession of fast-perishing little men who have no knowledge even of their own selves, much less of one dead and gone.

Marcus Aurelius

A website is like a pogostick when it keeps going up and down. Like this one, for example.

After several months of basically rock-solid service, my connectivity has become quite sporadic. As near as I can tell, what happens is that the modem just stops talking to my router. The little lights keep blinking, but no data goes through. Power-cycling the cable modem and the router usually clears the fault, but not always, at least not immediately.

Often, but I don’t think always, I get a new IP address and maybe that’s happening more often now, I’m not sure.

A couple of days ago power-cycling didn’t fix it and I reported the problem. On that occasion it wasn’t just me and they sent someone around who climbed up the utility pole (in dreadful, freezing cold, for which I am very grateful) and restored service.

I was hoping that would make it reliable again, but it went down again last night so it’s not completely fixed yet.

Anyway, I’m working on it. Apologies for the inconvenience.