No Internet for two weeks?

The Christian Science Monitor has a very interesting article about a group of Americans who tried to live for two weeks without the Internet. Somehow their accounts struck a cord with me. Frankly speaking, I don’t think I could stay offline for that long. Even when traveling, I always try to find a means to send e-mails or even blog!

Anyway, if you have some time to spare, take a look at the article below:

No Internet for two weeks? How 28 people coped

By Stacy A. Teicher

Without the Internet, Russ Nelson was lost – literally. As a college student in Chicago, he usually finds his way to new places by checking websites such as MapQuest, but when he agreed to stay off-line for an experiment, he ended up "just wandering around," he says.

For two weeks, Mr. Nelson and 27 other Americans with broadband connections kept diaries about how this Internet deprivation affected their daily lives. Yahoo! Inc. and the OMD media agency commissioned the study to give marketers a deeper understanding of people’s dependence on e-mail, websites, and other Internet-based tools. They also asked 1,000 online households how long they could do without. Half said fewer than five days.

Source: [Christian Science Monitor ]

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We’ve got ADSL

I’m working until 3:30 AM!! AHHHH!! I have no idea how I will stay awake and be cogent!

Earlier today we went to one of Qatar Telecom’s (Qtel) offices and signed up for ADSL internet service. They have a cool offer nowadays in which they give the modem for free and don’t charge for installation. But, as usual, they shafted us (and anyone else who takes the offer) with the deposit. It turned out that we had to pay 900 QR deposit, some $300.

We’ve been fortunate that my employer could be the guarantor on all other phone related transactions. But for some reason they do not provide users the opportunity to use their guarantor, everyone has to plunk down their 900 riyals. Jeff is sure this is part of the vast telecom conspiracy being perpetrated around the world, a conspiracy theory he fell hard for after dealing with Jordan Telecom, an organization he thinks works for the devil.

I tried to look at this in a positive way by considering the deposit as a saved sum of money for a black day, following an Arab proverb.

Before coming to work we watched The Big Lebowski, a first time for me, and I must say it was quite entertaining. It was a bit silly but had its funny moments. Ah, and I loved the soundtrack!

Still off line!

We are still struggling with the phone company Qtel

They installed the phone onThursday but it doesn’t really work because there is an addtional three days required to verify my application!

So, still no internet for those who are wondering. And yes Jeff is going crazy!

Everything is a challenge in this part of the world.