At times, this required -- no kidding -- a fully running back-up generator, which I'm lucky to own. But of course, gas is so dear these days it's simply nuts to run a 5,400-watt generator to power a 20-watt data line.
Sometimes that left the grim choice of accessing the Web via a cell modem or phone, which varied heavily by carrier and conditions. Overall, Verizon cell service was reasonable for making calls, but not for data access. AT&T provided reasonable data, but email was not reliable. Sprint offered solid data service, but the Web and phone calls struggled.
The only truly reliable digital communication solution? Low-tech text messaging.
The no-margin Internet
We were lucky. It all worked. Emails got sent. Stories got filed. And we are still in business. But it took far too much time, and I already feel the margin pinch this month. And with that pain, my contempt for managers at Web giants such as Google, Facebook or Amazon has softened.
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