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.
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.