I haven’t really learned to love my iPad, though I have to admit that it can be used as an encyclopaedia when doing crosswords of the more learned variety. But it did prove its worth during the week.
At a certain point, my home broadband connection went down. After some time it reappeared, but my laptop refused to connect: the web browser and ssh couldn’t find the nameserver, and Dropbox refused to synchronize, with a most unhelpful error message to the effect that the date and time on my computer were wrong and I should correct them and try again. Restarting the computer, or switching the broadband hub off and then on again, didn’t make any difference.
I thought I would at least try the iPad before attempting to get hold of BT to sort it out. At first I got a similar response from Safari: the iPad is not connected to the Internet, it said. But after a while (and I can’t remember what I did to provoke this), the BT wi-fi app kicked in automatically and asked me if I would like it to diagnose the problem. I accepted; it asked what kind of connection I had (giving me two helpful pictures to figure it out if I didn’t know), and then, without any more fuss, it simply fixed the problem. I have no idea what it did, what threats it made to the broadband hub, but suddenly everything was working again!