I have this great idea for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Curse of the Crappy Wifi. Capt. Jack Sparrow spends the entire movie sailing around the island of Key West in a failed search for a wifi signal. Based on a true story.
When tech works it’s great, when it doesn’t, and your livelihood depends on it, not so much. Yesterday started off with yet another day where Beacon, those merry band of internet providers for marinas, failed yet again. The signal has been down for nearly a week now, most likely due to a lightning strike. I’ve made several calls and emails with assurances that scientists were working on the problem but so far, nothing. The last email I got informed me that Beacon was contacting Comcast, the great satan themselves, to look into the problem. Apparently, Beacon uses satan to spread their signal. That instilled so much confidence in me that they would get this thing fixed as you can well imagine. As of this post, I still don’t have internet.
But wait! There is much more.
Yesterday morning I also managed to squeeze out some internet on my iPhone where I discovered that the Fritter along with 5 of my other sites were all down. Hostgator is the culprit in this case so I tried to ascertain what the problem might be. As it happens, Hostgator was smart enough to set up a Twitter account for support and there in all it’s 140 character glory was the ongoing saga of why the sites were down. Seems there were issues with the DNS or domain name servers coming from the program that actually hosts domain names. DNS is the code that points a domain to the website. When it fails, everything fails.
To Hostgator’s credit, they stayed on this and updated through their Twitter account. It took all morning but they did finally resolve the issue and all sites are back up and running, I think.
Which brings us to round three of Capt. Fritter’s day of tech futility.
Sprint, my iPhone provider has not had the best of signals out here on this spit of land on Stock Island. It’s been weak and unreliable at best ranging between decent LTE speed to less than dial up speed 3G. Apps take forever to update and load, webpages even longer, and forget about any video. That ain’t happening.
Well, all this occurring at the same time yesterday really didn’t do a lot of good for my happy joy island attitude. Right now I’m pissed at all things tech. I am at a loss as to what to do about this situation.
Ever since I moved to Key West, getting a reliable internet connection has been next to impossible. Comcast is not going to happen. They are the worst company on the planet and I refuse to tie up with them. Beacon has been unreliable at best and expensive. Plus now that I find they are in bed with Comcast, is it worth it to continue to try and use them? I’ve been reasonably happy with Sprint until lately. I’m not sure if it is the location, maybe interference from the other boats in the marina who have radar, the sheriff office next door, something is blocking the signal. I hope Sprint is not playing around with throttling those of us who use the unlimited plan. That would be most upsetting.
There has to be something more better out there. Open Garden offers some hope for the future but it requires you to be in range of someone else who uses it too. And I am probably the only one on the island who has even heard of it.
I was using Tether a couple of years ago with some success but Apple has left them in the dust with all the new operating systems. Tether no longer works with anything Apple unless you use really old OS versions and an attempt to link to the website shows a blank page so it would appear they are gone.
It’s flusterating as all hell to have all this ability and knowledge to make a living and live a simple life using the inter webs as platform, yet be unable to obtain a simple and reliable signal to get on said inter webs.
There has to be something more better out there.