You remember snow days, right? Those were the days back when you were in school and a blizzard would blow through town making the roads impassable. You’d get to stay home from school and play video games in your pajamas all day.
Sadly the Internet and adulthood have both done away with snow days. Adults can drive four wheel drive vehicles in the snow or even telecommute thanks to the Internet in most cases. The days of staying home playing video games in your pajamas are long gone. Or are they?
Sometimes the Internet has a little hiccup. Sometimes a solar flare knocks out communications satellites. And sometimes literal sharks attack the internet on the ocean’s floor. Look it up if you don’t believe me.
So what do you do when the Internet goes out at your office? Most people are completely reliant on the Internet to get any work done these days. Gone are the days of Rolodexes and typewriters and fax machines. Most people don’t even have a physical filing cabinet anymore. Everything is done on your computer and the vast majority of it is done online.
When the Internet goes out it’s totally ok to take a day off from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the three dimensional world. When you can’t look up recipes on Pinterest you can still pull out your grandma’s old cookbooks and look for her favorite recipes to try out. When you can’t download a book to your ereader you can go to a physical book store and read a physical book instead. When you can’t stream music on your laptop it might be the perfect time to pull out the record player and records that are collecting dust in your living room and actually given them a listen.
Internet outages can happen for a lot of different reasons. Just last winter a DDoS attack knocked out access to sites like Netflix and Twitter because of an unlikely culprit – hacked IoT home appliances. Hacking is getting more common and more serious, and the Internet is under near constant threats. Your toaster could knock out your company’s website next.