OTE has been unable to diagnose and resolve the specific issue with our ADSL connection, namely because it is intermittent and (of course) works perfectly when the technician performs testing.
We sometimes can’t get online even though we have a full signal, or we can get online but only between certain hours — usually between 1:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. — or we can get online but the connection drops unexpectedly and causes me to lose everything I’ve written. It’s not possible to use Internet at work except in short intervals, and there aren’t many wifi hotspots in this area.
Adding to technological tantrums, Google-related applications such as Gmail and Blogger will not allow me to log in whenever I want. And when I am allowed to log in, it takes a minimum of 20-30 times no matter what browser or settings I use.
Since moving house, I’ve also gone back to simpler times, which I’d like to point out is not less stressful or less expensive. We have no TV, due to our fairly expensive antenna snapping in two with increased exposure to the elements, and our proximity to mountains gives us few options in terms of radio stations. We huddle for heat despite paying a lot for petrol, our lights dim a lot for reasons unknown, and I am also iPod-less for technical reasons. I often forget this is considered to be one of the “better” areas of Athens.
These are not complaints. To me, it’s just another day in Hellas. LOL
I’m hoping to see you later with a final post for January, but if I don’t, at least you’ll know why.