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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bad internet is not so bad after all

So I’ve been trying to think more positively lately; like you know when you try to see the positive side of every negative issue, yeah that... 
And in the light of the raging frustration towards our internet connection and the Ontornet initiative I decided to sit and think of the positives of having a shitty bad internet connection. 
I realized there are advantages!! Who would have thought?! So here are the positive points I just discovered, I'm sure there are many more but I guess I need more practice in the positivity domain:
  • The mobile glue effect: wouldn't we all become like BB users (no offense BB users): "If you want me to look at you, you’ll have to send me a message on my BBM"
  • The series syndrome: imagine you had the ability to download a whole series season in 1 hour, would you ever leave the house or read a book, or sit with your family?
  • Multitasking skills: you’re still able to do offline tasks while waiting for a page to load : like call a friend, make coffee, have a cigarette, work a bit, etc…
  • Disconnect-ivity: Isn’t it awesome that we can disconnect from time to time? For example when it’s raining or when there’s no electricity or when some politicians have certain issues and decide to shut down internet...
  • Patience skill: Didn't we all become patient by nature? Isn't waiting for someone or for an appointment or in traffic much much bearable?
  • The personal contact: Even if you send someone an email, you’ll have to call that person, and check if he received it. Expats still have to visit often because video calls make us look like retards and they would want to check we’re still ok.
  • The guaranteed excuse: “Yes I replied, didn't you get it? Oh it must be this bad bad internet connection!”
  • Appreciation skill: like when surprisingly a page loads in 5 seconds, don’t you take a minute and appreciate this bliss?
  • Physical exercise: if you have a USB dongle or probably any mobile modem device, you'd understand what I mean; holding the laptop, walking around and searching for a better connectivity signal are all equivalent to a 30 min workout.
  • Money saving: how many times did you abandon a cart or lost interest in an item because it was taking you more time than it would have taken you if you actually went to the shop and bought it (including travel time)
  • Virus protection: any download or received link has to be well thought of, risks have to be measured and priorities have to be made. Even if you clicked a link that turned out to be a virus by mistake, you have plenty of time to realize it and abandon the operation before any damage has been done
  • Unity: At least all Lebanese share and agree with the frustration towards the slow internet we have, come on, let's at least cherish that
  • Being considerate: while designing a web solution, thinking of the “persona” who has a shitty connection seems to be forgotten sometimes; but we as Lebanese always think of those poor users!
And finally, inspired by this post:

  • Review and improvement: while trying to publish this post, I had the time to read it 3 times and identifyed several typos. I corrected them before i even published the post! And i still had to go outside, freeze for a while and publish this post!
And of course I have to thank our lovely government for thinking of all these advantages and of our well being. How did I not see these before?



  1. Having recently changed Internet service (or lack of internet service) I totally understand this!

  2. Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!