My home computer is accessible via Remote Desktop, which makes life on the road much easier. Quick access to email, Outlook address/contact info, etc.
I use DynDNS to keep my dynamic IP mapped to a host name. This means that my cable modem's IP address can change whenever Comcast sees fit and I won't have any problems. This is a life saver.
You can imagine my concern on Monday, in LA for the PDC, when I found myself unable to connect to the workstation at Key headquarters. I get a heck of a lot of legit email, so losing access for even a day is bad news. I effortlessly jumped to the worst conclusions: Building burnt down, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms confiscated the computer, building toppled over. And so on.
Luckily, it was just Comcast. Again. This wasn't the first time I've had to call Comcast support, and I have a pretty good idea that it won't be the last.
HOWEVER, this time was like the others: Speed increase! I'm now downloading at a fairly consistent 750 KB/s, and a Speakeasy test showed me @ 888 KB/s. Not bad, considering my pre-PDC trip throughput of ~550 KB/s. (Yup, that's kiloBYTES -- almost a meg a second!)
If you're in Chicago and have Comcast cable internet, try resetting your modem. Time to find something big to download...