Hmmm, no email facility from 6pm Friday to late Saturday afternoon. I was not so stressed. It is rare that there are email problems nowadays and I correctly forecast that there wasn't an invitation to tea with Julia in Altona in my email inbox.
Apparently, email was not working because of a serious security breach at Telstra and Telstra shut the whole thing down. Golly gosh, someone could have seen our email password, xxxxxxxxx, and read our emails. What an exciting time they would have had. They have probably forsaken a Saturday night out with mates and are still reading our emails.
The www still worked, which is the main thing.
But, and isn't there always one, my day off, Friday, internet was down all morning into early afternoon. Nothing to do with the security breach. It was a server problem. The techie bloke left an e-note at the call centre to let the them know he was out fixing it.
But another but, the net outage affected many people, but no information was available in any recorded sense. I spoke to the the Telstra tech person who investigated and came back with an answer. Telstra tech help is not bad now. God, the hours I have spent on a phone line in the past. He only made a token effort to suggest I unplug and plug in my modem. He then asked the brand of the modem. Once I told him, he said that is very old. It is indeed but it works. He quickly stopped the shite of checking settings at that point, I think realising that I was a long time cable internet user.
So no, internet. I connected up R's laptop to my phone, using it as a modem and blogging went on without a hitch. I did realise that my phone when used as a modem was not secured, that is anyone nearby could tune into it and use the bandwidth to download a three hour movie. I have fixed that.
In summary, internet and email down Friday from 6am to around 1pm, then at 5pm email was shut down until around 3pm Saturday. I am fairly certain that Telstra will offer some sort of compensation.