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January 25th, 2003

High-speed is too hard to give up

I fully intended on getting rid of DSL after the one month free trial. Everyone told me, “You won’t be able to go back to dial-up.” They were right. I did manage to at least strike up a deal, though, that made it not all that much more expensive than dial-up, especially considering the numerous benefits I’ve gotten.

It’s been quite a while since cable modems and DSL were introduced to the masses, but they seem to be catching on slowly. Are you a high-speed convert? Or have you hung on to the more economical dial-up?

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FROM: Viren
DATE: Saturday January 25, 2003 -- 1:47:09 pm
It's not the speed that matters to me --it's the instant-on connection. Add the home wireless network to that, and I'm online instantly from any part of my house.
[I have a cable modem]



FROM: vlm
DATE: Saturday January 25, 2003 -- 7:59:54 pm
We started out with Northpoint DSL ages ago and *loved* the speed (very close to the switching station). Then Northpoint went under. We signed up for a cable modem and used that for our three-way computer network (used by, of course, two people). Cable's good, but I still think DSL was better. It's just no longer an option for our area. Nevertheless, the people who get our place after us will have an *extremely* wired vintage apartment.



FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday January 25, 2003 -- 9:42:58 pm
I went DSL with Speakeasy a couple years ago and there's no way I can go back. I love the instant on connection and the speed. Since I play a lot of online games, I can't even fathom not having broadband access.



FROM: Robben
DATE: Sunday January 26, 2003 -- 4:31:41 am
I live in a small town. I'm stuck with dialup at home because the phone company hasn't got enough 'capacity' at the current time, and they put me on a waiting list. I would move to cable, but the package deal through the telephone company is only another $10. Funny thing is, I work in another small town and have DSL there. It's all just geography.

Dialup sux! Sometimes I just want to get out back of the computer and help push.



FROM: Big Fat Lizard
DATE: Tuesday January 28, 2003 -- 2:58:57 pm
I'm still dialing, because that's the only thing offered where I live - since I live on the edge of town (not in the boonies though) - it's pretty strange - because I do live on the largest boulevard in my town - in the best area - and imagine they don't want to give us fast connections...that's Southwest Florida for you!



FROM: Derek
DATE: Saturday January 10, 2004 -- 11:13:15 pm
i got cable 2 days ago and i got counter-strike 1.6 downloaded the next day and im dissapointed. I had dial up and my ping online was horrible i couldnt even play then i moved to cable and i thought i wouldnt lag half as much but i still lag more then i expected. ping 100-150 average. i ask everyone why it is so high they so rate,videocard, ect. why do i lag with cable so much?



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