I saw an interesting little post on another WordPress blog titled “Five Things To Do With A PC When You Have No Internet Connection.”
It is mostly directed at more maintenance type issues. The author does not suggest Minesweep or Solitaire as ways to pass the time, sticking to more productive pursuits.
Still, it does make you think for a moment about how used we can get to having a live, always on connection to the whole world in our homes and offices. It can be quite depressing when your connection goes down and your computer is no longer a magic portal to knowledge and entertainment.
When it happens to me, I usually just go read a book.