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Tech Tips for Writers #79 My Internet Stopped Working

tech tips for writersTech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: My internet stopped for no reason. I’m in the middle of something important. I don’t want to reboot—it takes forever. What can I do?

A: Do what the pros do–unplug your internet connection, wait ten seconds, and plug it in again. Half the time, this is all it takes.

The same applies to a printer that stops for no known reason–turn it off, wait ten seconds and turn it back on. It’s something about tasks being shuffled out of the way and needing to re-establish their order. All I know is it works often enough, it’s my first line of defense to problem-solving this particular problem. I used the same philosophy for my Apple TV that stopped mirroring a show I was watching from my iPad (on the TV). I turned the Apple TV mirroring off and back on and everything worked!

If that doesn’t work, try these:

  • use a different browser
  • reboot your computer
  • check all the cables–is everything plugged in as it should be?
  • see if your firewall is blocking it
  • check recent system upgrades–did they affect the internet?
  • ask a neighbor if theirs is working–maybe it’s out all over

More Tech Tips for Writers:

11 Bits of Wisdom I Learned From a Computer

Top 10 (Tech) Tips for Writers in 2018

My Favorite 5 Tech Tools for Writers

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Summer 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

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  5. It’s funny how such an easy “trick” (turn off your computer after turning off the program you’re working on) can work so well. It helps me understand that sometimes, the problem with the computer is ME. I need to turn off, reboot, get away from the writing/work/stress, stretch my legs and my brain, before turning everything back on. 🙂

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    • Having the internet offline helps a bunch of stuff, over and beyond writing. I just installed a thermostat that doesn’t talk to the Internet and am beyond excited at the privacy!


  6. Sometimes the bits just get lost. Restarting (pulling the cable) causes the network software to reconnect and remind the bits where to go. I also find that sometimes going for a nice cup of tea or a large latte helps to fix internet problems too.

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  7. Yes, I’ve also found that if I’m just patient (not easy) and walk away and do something else (dangerous because of potential distraction), then when I return, things are magically back to normal (always a good thing!).

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    • I’ve read that from a lot of writers but also inventors, great thinkers. The brain has a life of its own, a way of working we don’t understand. Knowing this has made me so much more open-minded to creative thinkers. Like Daniel Tammet (Born on a Blue Day, can recite Pi to the 50,000+ place) who see memories as a landscape. Who figured that out?

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  8. Thank you. Key is being calm as it can normally be resolved – but that’s easier said than done in the face of losing work – or time. Shows how dependent we’ve become on tech. What was the past-times equivalent – running out of typewriter ribbon, out of ink?

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  9. I’ve seen a number of posts by bloggers complaining of computer problems. I had trouble, but now I’m just running slower than usual. My universal answer to it all (frankly for anything that goes wrong) is – sun spots!!

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  10. My woes are seldom so simple, but I do try all those tricks. Every now and then, I get lucky.

    For work, we’re all watching an HBO series (Watchmen) to discuss the literary and cinema devices used. One woman could not get the episodes to stream. Turns out Safari and HBO are not compatible. Apparently Safari is a problem for a lot of things. Learn something new every day, I guess.

    Great tips, Jacqui.


    • That’s interesting. I guess that falls under, “Try another browser”. It’s amazing how often that works. I sell digital books online and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve solved a buyers problem by saying, “Switch your PDF Reader”.


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