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De la Vera Cruz
Argentina
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Oct 10, 2005

What do you do when you have a tight deadline and your Internet connection "crashes"? It happens to me from time to time and every time I seem to have a nervous breakdown. And no, no possibility of hiring another internet service. The one I have is the only possibility to have a broadband connection in my area...
I just want to know what you do when it happens to you.
Verónica


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Cintia Pecellin  Identity Verified
Spain
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Working offline Oct 10, 2005

Well, it doesn't always help, but I've learnt to register for "working offline" my favorite or most helpful pages, like technical dictionaries and so on. It will not be a miraculous solution, but it'll ease the pain of not having access.

¡Suerte!
Cintia.


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Alicia Casal  Identity Verified
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Can t you change your provider???

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De la Vera Cruz
Argentina
Local time: 02:01
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working offline Oct 10, 2005

PECELLIN wrote:

Well, it doesn't always help, but I've learnt to register for "working offline" my favorite or most helpful pages, like technical dictionaries and so on. It will not be a miraculous solution, but it'll ease the pain of not having access.

¡Suerte!
Cintia.


Oh! I think I've got something to learn here!
How do you register for "working offline" your most helpful pages? Thanks!
Verónica


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De la Vera Cruz
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Nope Oct 10, 2005

Alicia Casal wrote:

Can t you change your provider???


No, as I said in my original post, it's the only possibility I have for broadband connection. Anyway, it doesn't happen that often , but once or twice it happened one or two days before a deadline and I was desperate! Thanks for your feedback!


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Fernando Toledo  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 07:01
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With a webspider Oct 10, 2005

Verobrun wrote:

PECELLIN wrote:

Well, it doesn't always help, but I've learnt to register for "working offline" my favorite or most helpful pages, like technical dictionaries and so on. It will not be a miraculous solution, but it'll ease the pain of not having access.

¡Suerte!
Cintia.


Oh! I think I've got something to learn here!
How do you register for "working offline" your most helpful pages? Thanks!
Verónica


like:
http://www.tenmax.com/teleport/pro/home.htm

you can download a lot of glossaries

Saludos


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Sonja Tomaskovic  Identity Verified
Germany
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Internet Cafe Oct 10, 2005

In case my internet connection crashed and I absolutely needed to deliver some work, I would a) call the client, explain and ask for an extension and b) go to the next internet cafe with my files on a memory stick, and email it to the client through my webmail account.

As for glossaries or such, I do try to have most resources on CD-ROM or printed dictionaries, but when you absolutely need to research some terms shortly before deadline, I'd probably do the same as described above.

HTH.

Sonja


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xxxsarahl
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Be prepared! Oct 10, 2005

If you know your connection is going to be down a lot, you should probably save as much as you can to your hard disk, or burn the info you need on CDs.

We have a lot of power outages in the spring in this area, and I have learned the hard way I had to be prepared, so I make sure I have everything I need on a CD that I can use on my laptop then upload for delivery. I found an Internet cafe not far from my house that never experiences these outages. So my plan B is up and running now.

We have to think like scouts sometimes.

[Edited at 2005-10-10 17:31]

[Edited at 2005-10-10 17:32]


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De la Vera Cruz
Argentina
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Thanks Oct 10, 2005

to all of you for your kind replies. Proz is great, isn't it?

I'll be ready to learn and try all your suggestions. And yes, I also go to an Internet cafe nearby if I have to, but Internet cafes are not one of my most favorite places on earth, they tend to be too crowded and therefore too noisy, at least here where I live.
Thanks a million again to all of you.
Veronica


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Download a backup freebie Oct 10, 2005

My broadband goes down from time to time, too, although not as much as it used to. But I always have at least one dial-up free backup provider installed on my computer (at the moment I have Yahoo). I'm not sure which ones are available in your area, but here in Brazil I've also used ibest and ig.

Good luck!

Amy


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PAS  Identity Verified
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Be prepared... Oct 11, 2005

In order to use a dial-up service, you need a telephone modem in your computer!
All (most?) laptops have them, but in a desktop this is not so obvious. Then you need the little telephone cable to hook the modem up to your phone line and off you go.
It's slow, it costs money (for the phone connection) and it drives everyone up the wall because your phone is busy for hours on end, but at least you can get the job done.

Pawel Skalinski


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John Simpson  Identity Verified
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56K modem (flat rate) Oct 11, 2005

Hi,

I had exactly this problem and went straight out to get a 56K modem. The company providing the 2MB did not sort it out so I have a "tarifa plana" (flat rate) with another company, which is a lot less stressful (and cheaper) than listening to the 2MB people making excuses.

Good luck,

John


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De la Vera Cruz
Argentina
Local time: 02:01
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dial-up Oct 11, 2005

Thanks to the three of you for your replies! I had decided against a dial-up connection (apart from my broad band connection) because it would be extremely expensive. I didn't know that you could have that service for free, as Amy said, but I'll ask, I have nothing to lose, do I? Thanks again!
Verónica


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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I have two ISPs Oct 11, 2005

Verobrun wrote:
What do you do when you have a tight deadline and your Internet connection "crashes"?


There are two main upstream providers in ZA, and I've decided to take a subscription with the two cheapest downstream resellers of each branch, for redundancy purposes. 90% of the time I only use the one ISP, but it can be a lifesaver if there is network congestion or some other physical problems on the main ISP -- I simply switch to my other ISP, which is slower but more reliable.

What bugs me is when I have a deadline looming and the weather decides to make a thunderstorm happen. When lightning strikes my neighbourhood, it's usually within a few meters of my house, and only the most expensive industrial strength lightning protector might be of any use. So when this happens, I can't work.


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De la Vera Cruz
Argentina
Local time: 02:01
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thunderstorms Oct 11, 2005

Samuel Murray wrote:

Verobrun wrote:
What do you do when you have a tight deadline and your Internet connection "crashes"?


There are two main upstream providers in ZA, and I've decided to take a subscription with the two cheapest downstream resellers of each branch, for redundancy purposes. 90% of the time I only use the one ISP, but it can be a lifesaver if there is network congestion or some other physical problems on the main ISP -- I simply switch to my other ISP, which is slower but more reliable.

What bugs me is when I have a deadline looming and the weather decides to make a thunderstorm happen. When lightning strikes my neighbourhood, it's usually within a few meters of my house, and only the most expensive industrial strength lightning protector might be of any use. So when this happens, I can't work.


Absolutely! Thunderstorms can be troublesome indeed! Whenever I am near a deadline and there's a huge thunderstorm that lasts some hours I start thinking of quitting translation altogether... (just joking, I love it anyway). Thanks for your feedback, Samuel.
Verónica


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