Z’s Law strikes!

I’m experiencing Zuhlsdorf’s Law today.

I’m just back from Rome.  I fly out again tomorrow.  I have an enormous To Do list and a lot of it involves internet.

Today… total internet service outage where I am.   Internet, TV, phone.

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Based on my experience over the last year or so, if you are ever tempted to use TDS… run cold water over your head and find another option.

So, I’m working from a tether to my phone.  Not great.

Zuhlsdorf’s Law again.

Some of you may not remember it.

Murphy was an optimist. Therefore…

  • Corollary 1: When you need your technology to work, that is when it will fail.
  • Corollary 2: The extent of the failure is proportioned to the urgency of the need.
  • Corollary 3: When you want to show someone the great gizmo or program you have, that is when it won’t work.
  • Corollary 4: When the person to whom you wanted to show off your great gizmo or program departs, unimpressed, that is when it will once again begin to function properly.

Someone should update the Wikipedia list of eponymous laws.  Of course that would probably bust the website.

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  1. John UK says:

    Just heard on news here in UK 42,000 cyber-attacks across the world – including most of our NHS (National Health Service) – also O2 in Spain . Seems they are ransomware attacks, bringing down phone networks as well as computers. Demanding money to enable hospitals and doctor’s practices to run seems about the lowest of the low.

    Prayers for a safe flight.


  2. yatzer says:

    It must have been widespread. Just as I was hitting “send” to make an important reservation, my computer froze completely. By the time I got back, it was too late, all places taken. Bah!

  3. Animadversor says:

    Could you not change to another company, say Spectrum? I think that they serve Madison.

  4. moon1234 says:

    I think it depends on the level of service that is chosen. We have dedicated service at work delivered via fiber from TDS Telecom in Middleton, WI. Our service never went down the whole day. Many ISPs have different backbones and peering partners for business customers vs residential customers. I am not excusing TDS network being down, but when a customer pays more they are prioritized with better network backend.

    It is the difference between $50/month and $1500/month.

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