Internet service providers...

Posted on 2009-07-03 14:49:49

Today, my internet connection was suddenly lost: I discovered that while editing a page at this site. No big deal, I thought, just reconnect and be ready to go. After reconnecting, my site was suddenly unreachable, while the rest of the internet seemed available.

So what happened? After a few minutes, I discovered why: my IP address has changed from the good old to a new number… So after more than 7 years of having that same static IP address, I suddenly have to remember a new number, and my first question was: WHY??

My second question was more important, however: is this permanent? If so, I’d have to change the DNS record for this site. So I decided to call the helpdesk of my ISP, which proved to be a waste of time: after going through the lengthy menu (“other”, then again “other”), I got connected to some guy who put me in the queue for the technical department.

The queue turned out to be long, and after 10 minutes I started to push random buttons on the phone to check whether that would help. I’m not sure if it was a coincidence, but after pushing the “1” three times in a row I got a live person at the other end, who told me he didn’t know, but thought it likely that this new IP address would be fixed for now.

So, if you’re reading this, the DNS update has come through…

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