Friday, October 2, 2015

The Horror


I noticed it on Monday. My phone wouldn't connect to the school's wi-fi. I tried every password I knew. Nothing.

But, I'm the last to know about any changes to things like wi-fi, so I figured I'd ask someone for the new password when I got a chance. It wasn't like I was going to be on my phone all that much. (I check my email and Facebook before school and at lunch. And on my prep if I get one, which I didn't that day.)

Tuesday, same thing. But that day I had one of the severe special ed classes--the ones where some of the students don't really talk and where others struggle to read stories with three words on each page--and the last thing on my mind was figuring out what happened to the wi-fi.

Wednesday I was at a different school in the district. Same thing. But now I heard the rumblings. The students were complaining. They'd changed the wi-fi password on them, and now they couldn't access the system. So, it wasn't just me.

Thursday, the students told me of how another one of their teachers had tried every password he knew to try to get on the wi-fi. So, not just the students and the subs. Everyone was out.

The rumor was that something went wrong, so someone had reset the wi-fi. And in the process wiped out all the passwords. So, no one could log on to it. Naturally. (This is a school district after all. It took months before anyone figured out how to log onto the wi-fi after they installed the system.)

By Friday I just accepted that it was inaccessible.

So, the following Monday, when I got the same error message, I didn't think too much of it. But I tried using the password I always used. And it worked!

Wi-fi restored. All is right with the world.

31 comments:

  1. LOL! Probably really was making those kids go crazy!!

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    1. Most of the time they shouldn't be on the Internet during class time, anyway.

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  2. Wi-fi can be a pain. I've been having troubles lately just with my wi-fi at home.

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  3. How awful to be without wi-fi. How is anyone supposed to get anything done without the internet?

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  4. Too cute!! How much we depend on it :) I remember doing jury duty and waiting in the lounge before they called you to go and sit on a jury. I remember they wouldn't give the password to access their WIFI until after they had done all the jury work, seeing the film, having the judge talk to you, paperwork, etc.

    betty

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    1. I can see why. They'd never have anyone's attention before otherwise.

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  5. Sounds like something our frustrating IT dept would do. Nothing raises my blood pressure more!

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    1. School IT departments are the same the world over.

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  6. I still have nothing that would need a wi-fi. In fact, when my friend asked me what my wi-fi password was, I looked at in silence...I had no clue what he was talking about. I still have no clue what my password is

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  7. Technology's great when it works. It's amazing how dependent we've become over the years! We lost Internet a few weeks ago for about three hours and I was climbing the walls.

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  8. I was taking an online course at work (job related, natch) and suddenly it didn't work. The provider couldn't find anything wrong on their end after extensive troubleshooting that stretched over nearly a week. Came to find out our IT department had disabled a software the course needed to run because of a zero day attack; never bothered to tell anyone. Eventually, they restored access but would have been nice if they had told the employees. IT departments must be similar everywhere. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. These things wouldn't be so bad if those who were "fixing" things would tell us what they did.

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  9. I don't actually have broadband internet in my house. I have mobile internet on my phone but it's slow and I can't really download anything on it, so it's just for checking my email and updating Facebook (if I've got an hour to spare I can update my blog).

    Occasionally I do pick up my neighbour's wifi in some spots of the house and I have toyed with asking for the password when I've needed emergency internet access. The problem is, I worry that if I had it, I'd be using it all the time!

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    1. Perhaps if you offered to chip in for the neighbor's wi-fi it might make sharing it okay.

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  10. It's amazing how dependent we've all become on have access 24/7. I didn't even grow up with computers or cell phones and while I could probably do without my cell I'm lost without my computer and the internet. Completely lost.

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  11. Its sad how we have become dependent on the wi fi. I know, emergencies and all, but if it was only for emergencies (who knows how that would be set up), it would be better in my opinion. After all, my generation did it and we didn't have all this shooting, etc. I'm in the thought if it might be better not to have it all at schools and if parents want to pull their kids from schools... let them. Then we should see a study on which kids got smarter.

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    1. The kiddos don't need it most of the time. Just sometimes the class uses the laptop computers for some lesson. Technology can be really useful.

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  12. Drives me mad, and that's not a long road.

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    1. It was more annoying than frustrating. But I didn't have any lessons planned using the wi-fi.

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  14. Lost, so lost, without our electronics! Withdrawal must have been difficult.

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  15. We sure are dependent on wi-fi, aren't we? What did we all do before this modern technology? No one is allowed on their phones - PERIOD - at my PT job! But that's what they all do at lunch instead of eat. Kind of funny really, like they'd all die and it can't wait until they get home.

    I never get on mine then, but I know how frustrated I get at home if it goes out.

    Sunni

    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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    1. I know during class time I'm busy. I only get a chance to check things on my breaks.

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  16. Whatever did we do before Wi-fi? It seems so important now.

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  17. That's just annoying when internet service is disrupted.

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  18. Ahhh how annoying. I'd so want to bust in and try to fix whatever was wrong instead of waiting for someone to get to it. lol

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