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Nationwide Blackberry Outage – 22/23 December 2009

Well, my Blackberry is officially offline because of a nationwide blackberry outage currently taking place. I use my Blackberry to receive messages from monitoring systems at VMware, so I’m severely pissed. I haven’t received any e-mails for several hours! The only way I knew that something was wrong, is that I have a sanity e-mail sent to myself every 2 hours. When I don’t see that e-mail, something evil is happening.

For a brief moment, I thought I was going to have to call and yell at Rogers, but they’re not at fault this time.

Real time updates on the situation via Twitter is nice, but a working Blackberry would be nicer.

High Praise for Cogeco Cable

Since moving out to Burlington, I’ve had to migrate my internet connectivity services from Rogers Cable in Toronto, to Cogeco.  I’ve been using Cogeco for a little more than a year, and I so far been impressed with their services.  The connection is stable (except when there is construction going on in the neighbourhood), the bandwidth is high and consistent, and I rarely have my dynamic IP address change on me.. rarely.

Sometimes though it does happen, and it is annoying.  I finally decided that I needed a static IP address.  Conveniently enough, Cogeco offers a “Reserved IP” SOHO package at $99/month, or $85/month with a 12 month contract.  So I decided to go for it, and now I have a connection with 16Mbit download, 1Mbit upload, 3 IP addresses (1 Reserved, which essentially means “static”), and it all took me literally 5 mins to setup, with an extra 20-30 mins wait for everything to take effect.  So far, Cogeco is making me very happy :)

Thanks go to Adam Bray for giving me the heads up on this package, I think it’s definately worth it, especially if your a high-bandwidth junkie.