START OF RANT
As I'm sure you will understand, my internet is driving me insane right now, and I am definitely going to change my provider once my contract ends with this one.
Australia is changing over to the supposedly "reliable, super-fast" National Broadband Network (NBN) -- ha, ha! When the NBN was first proposed, it was supposed to be Fibre to every premises in the country, but that was downgraded to fibre to some premises (mostly in the big cities), with the rest of us having fibre to the node, then the existing copper-wire phone lines from the node to our premises. Once the NBN is available in your area, you have 18 months to sign up, and then your old phone and internet is cut off, leaving the NBN as the one and only!
(Personally, I always thought that having the phone only available through the internet was a big mistake, but that's what we now have. Your internet is off? Tough, you don't have a phone now, either!)
Anyway, I signed up to the NBN in April 2016, pretty much as soon as it was available in my area, and I was supremely happy with it for the first 12 months or so, but I've been having no end of trouble since then! Connection drop-outs, dismally low download & upload speeds, countless phone calls to my ISP (from my mobile phone, as the landline wasn't working because, gosh, the internet's not working!)
Oh, and don't get me started on ringing the ISP! First of all, you have to put up with the 'robot lady' who answers your call instead of a real human. (And the options 'she' gives you very often don't actually fit your problem, anyway!) Then, and this is the really fun part, you get directed to a call centre in another country - and you never get a native English speaker! I don't know about anyone else, but I have a real problem with accents over the phone. I'm OK if I'm talking to someone in person, but not on the phone. So it's very hard for me to understand the person, and for them to understand me. I believe that, if you're in Australia, you should have a call centre in Australia, and the phones should be answered by an Australian. Same goes for any country in the world, in my view.
So, you're trying to tell your problem to someone who can't understand you, and you can't understand them, and then they just 'fob you off' with whatever they've been told to say -- well, let's just say that the frustration levels get very high!
I do have brilliant computer tech guys that I've been going to for years, and I finally found out from them what the real problem is: The ISPs have to buy 'blocks' or 'units' of (whatever the internet comes in), and my cheapskate ISP, Telstra, didn't buy enough of them for everyone who would need to use it. So, for the first 12 months, when there weren't many of us connected, the amount was adequate, and speeds were great; now, when more of us are connected, we have to share that same amount, therefore, everyone's speeds are lower.
Just to illustrate, the maximum speeds for my type of connection are 25 Mbps Download and 5 Mbps Upload. When I tested the speeds the other day, both upload and download speeds were LESS THAN 0.2 Mbps!!!! So you can understand why I posted that warning message...
END OF RANT
OK, now to get to the reason you came here today - the daily download! Today's kit is a pink version of the Mini Word Cards you downloaded in Day 01:
EK17 Mini Word Cards 02 Pink (20.1 MB)
I would usually tell you here to come back tomorrow for your next download,
but I'll just say that two more kits are scheduled to be posted tomorrow:
Brads & Striped Papers!