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On The Fritz

I'm putting this under Science since it is weather related, at least I think it is weather related, and there is no Weather category.

lexiconlover had been having fits with her internet due to stormy weather down on the Gulf Coast and I'm beginning to wonder if the electrical storm activity we are having hereabouts is messing with our connectivity.

At random moments, my connection with PP will freeze up solid for several seconds to a minute and then resume like nothing happened, up until a moment ago. A moment ago I was commenting on a post and things froze up, and then I got a message from Google saying they were sorry but the webpage had gone and done died on my.

I was not happy as I had put a lot of thought into my comment. I clicked on refresh and, lo-and-behold, the page came back with my yet to be posted comment intact. Chalk one up for PP.

I posted the comment and now, after posting this, hope to get back to catching up.

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MegL wrote on September 5, 2015, 5:34 PM

Yes, google is telling me there is a lot of unexpected activity from my computer tonight and it is making my searches slow. I'd like to say that it is the amount of commenting I am doing on PP tonight, but that's not so. I know what it is and once I turn off the computer, in a few minutes, I will reboot my router to get a new IP address. emoticon :grin:

CoralLevang wrote on September 5, 2015, 5:39 PM

It's day time here in the US. This is when I feel it's slowest.

WordChazer wrote on September 5, 2015, 6:09 PM

Could also be the ads on the pages making it have a fritz. I have reinstalled Flash on here now, but as a 'permission only' install, so if I want to run a video, I have to tell the software to allow that one video. This is primarily to stop the autoplay videos favored by so many sites/advertisers. I prefer to have a choice. I do occasionally choose to watch a video advert, and saw a very good one from one of the car manufacturers recently with a dragon tattoo that came to life and left the car to explore while the driver was still driving. He stopped the car in the end, tapped his wrist, and the tattoo slithered back into place on his arm. I thought that was really clever.

A few months ago when Firefox blocked Flash by default, I realised that this site ran much better without the software, but I do need it installed on this machine, so I decided to make it operator optional. Hopefully that will not affect earnings potential here - I know adblockers have to be set to accept the ads, so I didn't want to fully uninstall Flash, Plus, uninstalling it plays havoc with other sites I frequent, where their logos vanish without trace for no apparent reason.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on September 5, 2015, 6:22 PM

I have had that happen. Our internet has been in and out as storms have rolled through also

lexiconlover wrote on September 5, 2015, 7:07 PM

I spent the afternoon at the mall and was fine there until we had flickers in the electricity. That promptly sent me packing. The last thing I wanted was to be stranded at the mall. Anyway, I'm now at home and Internet is cooperating as of now.

But that can always change at a moments notice.

markgraham wrote on September 6, 2015, 2:10 PM

I live in Louisiana and that happens to me when there is a really bad thunderstorm and I hope I can just get my work done before it does goes out.

Rufuszen wrote on September 7, 2015, 6:44 AM

I have thought the last few days PP was acting up, a bit.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 7, 2015, 10:27 AM

It has seemed to be more widespread than just PP. Over at the B I was having several difficulties liking comments, leaving comments, etc. Other sites were slow as well.