Yep, about a week ago the cable modem decided that it didn't feel like passing packets, and dropped off the internet for a bit. This is midly suprising, as the collective has a strong enough combined magic technician's field that the computers here generally Just Work™ (indeed, I've not had a really specatacular crash since moving in, and one disk that I expected to fail messily over a year ago is still limping on). Unfortuantly, Nick's technician's field is actually an inverting field, and occassionally becomes strong enough to flip the work/notwork state of everything in the house.
We got the modem going again by application of dangerous levels of technician's field (3 geeks glaring at it until it started working out of sheer embarressment), but it's been getting more uppity recently and at approximately 0010 hours yesterday dropped out, sputtered back into life for about 15 minutes in the afternoon and then went down hard.
Possibly the combined magic technician's fields from 3 high-level geeks overloaded the gubbins of it?