Longest internet outage you ever experienced ?

In March my internet connection provided by Vodafone was broken for 6 days. That means: no phone, no internet @ home, for a long period of time. Luckily I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini with LTE and hotspot capability and Vodafone gave me free 50 GByte data volume when I called them to address the problem.

Nevertheless, what duration of an internet outage can be tolerated ? I have read articles in the meantime saying that an outage of 3 working days needs to be tolerated, but anything beyond qualifies you for asking for compensation or might give you the right to cancel your contract in advance; typical contracts here in Germany last 2 years and can be cancelled three month before they end.

So, what is the longest internet outage you ever experienced at home and what did you do about this ?

And: how many of those outages can be tolerated per year ? I am asking this because since yesterday my line is down again. I called Vodafone and after keying in my phone number a voice told me something about a global problem.

1900 001337
1900 001337” by StephenMitchell.

In former times when we had an analog phone at home I don’t recall that it ever failed, it always had been available for years and years without a single failure. It just worked.
Modern phones use voice over ip and thus need the internet to work. And internet connections turn out to be quiet unreliable these days, as I am experiencing myself;  also I hear that the line in the house of my mother in law doesn’t work anymore since last week.

In former times we had an analog radio in our kitchen and it always worked. Nowadays we have an ip radio and of course it doesn’t work without an internet connection. Thus: no radio this morning.

Modern technology is fascinating, but much more fragile than older technology. If I think about the Internet Of Things on one end and the increasing amount of activities of criminals on the other end to sabotage that technology, which already is kind of fragile due to its complexity, I get a bit nervous about the future.

Aren’t we all Zombies nowadays ?

OK, Halloween is coming up and one or the other of us will turn into a Zombie for one or a few days.
But looking at this comic strip from "Reality Check" makes me think: aren’t we all Zombies nowadays, brain-less marionettes as victims of all the mobile and connected gadgets we carry with us each day ? Look at the people at the bus station, in restaurants, at the airport, at home during dinner, and you probably get what I mean.

Yesterday I have been reading an article in Geo about a camp in China where internet-addicted kids are jailed to return to a normal life thru drill and intentional boredom. Scary, sort of ! But seems to work for many to start learning making real friends, playing real games, focus on things that matter.
Found a similar article in The Telegraph: "Inside the Chinese boot camp treating Internet addiction"

Data Volume 2012

1.8 zettabyte of data has been produced world wide in 2012, according to bild der wissenschaft plus "Auf in die Zukunft".
That’s a lot. That’s 1.8 times 10 million petabyte. 1 petabyte is 1000 terabyte. 1 terabyte 1000 gigabyte.
1.8 zettabyte is ~ 200 × estimated information content of all human knowledge (as of mid-1999), according to Wolfram Alpha.
And here is another interesting figure from this magazine: there are 18 victims of cyber crime every second, 1.5 million daily, according to Symantec’s Cybercrime Report.
Welcome to the era of "Big Data" !