Week One Without Home Internet

To Recap – Limitless, our internet provider, went bankrupt.  Windstream, our other option out here, has lines running to the farm that are so old and degraded that the signal barely gets here – the service is barely more than dial up, at High Speed prices.  We’re hopeful that River Valley Internets new tower will reach the farm, but it’s not turned on yet..  so rather than buy into one of the ridiculously overpriced, limited, options like exceed or hughes net (and we aren’t actually sure that either of those would work at the farm anyway…) we’re going to see how hard it is to live without internet at the farm. 

We have 25% of our phone data left, with 13 days left.  However, our daughter heads back to college, where she has constant unlimited wifi, tomorrow, so that will help.  (Our youngest is in air force basic training for 8 weeks – with no access to his phone - that is helping too.)

A quick look at my data usage shows that I’ve used 1.08gb on google chrome, .87gb on facebook, and .46gb with my phone as a mobile hotspot.

So my biggest issue is adjusting to not reading every article google now shows me.  I’ve habitually clicked on the links and read those stories without thinking about data usage, because before I was always on wifi.  Many of them are pure time wasters anyway.  The same goes for facebook – the majority of my usage there is clicking on links and reading stories people posted..  more time wasting that I really should work on eliminating anyway.

Meg has been downloading Netflix shows when we are on wifi, and watching them here at home with no wifi – it’s worked really well for her.  We haven’t tried casting to the big tv yet, she watches tv on her phone while she’s working on other things.  Currently we have so many shows on our dvr, there hasn’t been any need for us to look for more tv options.  But we might download the new lemony snickett movie when out on wifi today, just to see how it works casting to the big tv.

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