Hello Country Magazine

In March 2022, I submitted my first article for the Hello Country Magazine published by Roger “Papa Country” Tumminieri. Roger asked me to write about the History of the Internet. I really wasn’t sure what I was going to write about, and decided to write about my trials and tribulations with internet access since I began working from home in the late 1990s. What I thought was going to be 1 article has turned into many.

Enjoy the articles I’ve written so far, and follow the links at the bottom of each article to of browse through the online edition of each monthly magazine.  

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History of the Internet – Part 1

When my husband and I first got married I worked in an IT department for a large insurance company in Mississauga. Part of my job entailed being on call when the batch programs ran overnight, if anything went wrong, I would have to analyze the error and fix it so that the programs could complete overnight. I hated being on call …. all we had was dial-up internet.
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History of the Internet – Part 2

I was shocked when I mentioned to 2 people that I had written an article for Hello Country about dial-up internet and was told they both knew someone who still used it!  Curious, I called my old dial-up provider; they still offer dial-up to remote customers who aren’t within their cable coverage area. I didn’t think people would still use it when there were so many faster options available.
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History of the Internet – Part 3

For those celebrating an anniversary this month (wedding, birthday, business, relationship, fitness or health goal), Happy Anniversary! I am celebrating 14 years in business this spring, which translates to 14 years of educating myself. Education doesn’t stop after high school, college or university, it continues throughout life. I learned that dial-up was pretty cool, but realized it was way too slow.
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History of Rural Internet – Part 4

Summer is finally here, it’s my favourite season! Which makes it difficult to sit indoors working when I want to be outside. The past few years has taught us that we can effectively work from home, even from our back decks or, in my case, the front porch. Where we work while at home brings me to my next story… 
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History of the Internet part 5

Working from Home in the 2000s Summer in the country Ah July, such an amazing time of year, picnics, hiking, camping, barbecues with friends and family, sounds perfect. Too perfect.
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