Imagine being at work, and there is no email. Horrors! Then imagine no Internet service at all. More horrors! Well, that’s what happened to us last week. We changed Internet providers from Comcast to AT&T Uverse thinking it would be as simple as having an installation tech come out to put in a new router and then push a switch – voila . . . all done. But that’s not what happened.
It took three visits from AT&T service techs to finally get our Internet up and running properly. During that time, we were without access to the Internet and, more importantly, our email for more than a day – not a good thing for those of us in the communications field. But fortunately the old “third time’s a charm” adage brought us luck, and we could once more communicate with the outside world via the Internet.
This whole experience got me to reflecting on the “good old days” before the Internet. How in the world did we ever get anything done in a timely manner when we had to rely solely on the telephone, fax and snail mail? For research, we had to contact our friendly librarian and ask for assistance or actually go to the library. And there was no scanning and emailing of documents, no webinars, no podcasts, no YouTube. Over the last 15 years, the Internet has obviously made a big difference in how we do business, and its influence keeps expanding at a rapid rate. I can’t even imagine what we have in store for us in the years to come.