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In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up  
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29800 posts, RR: 58
Posted (8 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2208 times:

Hi guys,

For those of you who where participating in those "Guess the Airplane" threads with the Google Earth photos, the competition will be getting much tougher at the end of October.

After being handicapped by the fact that the longer the threads got the longer it took for me to the load the thread, causing others to register their guesses before I had had even seen the new photos....well I had to do something.

So I went down to the phone company and will be getting a high speed DSL line for the computer. So now I will be getting rid of my only occasionally 56.6K modom for the blistering speed of a 128 KBPS DSL connection...

It will be sweet....especially since I will also be getting Basic cable at the same time too!!!.

Just in time for the infamous Alaskan winter!!!!


OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
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User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2203 times:

Quoting L-188 (Thread starter):
24643 posts

All on Dial Up!
It probably accounts for a quarter of your life!

Quoting L-188 (Thread starter):
RR: 68

Dude!
One more. biggrin 



474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2203 times:

Take it Broadband hasn't been discovered in Alaska yet. DSL welcome to the semi-21st century. Qwest provides us with broadband, cable tv and the phone. I love the caller id that pops up on the tv when someone calls.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29800 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 1):
Dude!
One more

Actually I slowed down quite a bit since I stopped working grave shifts as a Aircraft Dispatcher.

A-net was a way to stay awake waiting for the phone to ring.....They had hi-speed at the office.

I just got really burned when people where beating me to posting during those "guess airplane" threads.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3303 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 3):
I just got really burned when people where beating me to posting during those "guess airplane" threads.

Six weeks??

Lord knows we may have already been bored of the game by then  Wink



"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29800 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2170 times:

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 4):
Six weeks??

I could have gotten it done faster if I was winning to stay home from work on a weekday....I decided to go ahead and wait until the weekend......

I have to work now...I will have a cable bill!



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2158 times:

Unfortunately for L-188, the dreaded 1918 Spanish flu virus arrives on Thursday. Good luck, buddy!!  Wink


Dear moderators: No.
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29800 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

Quoting We're Nuts (Reply 6):
Unfortunately for L-188, the dreaded 1918 Spanish flu virus arrives on Thursday. Good luck, buddy!!

I'm not worried, they have this new stuff now...its called Pennicillin.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2143 times:

Are you going with the GCI package? Or ACS?

I looked into it, because when I'm home, dial up is all I have. I'm never home long enough, really, to move to a faster connection. The expense simply isn't worth it in the long run. I have AOL, and it works fine for the most part.

When I spoke with GCI widgets and asked if I could use the DSL line in town, but have a dial-up connection here at work they said no. WTF? So that was that.

I have access over the company network (Fiber Optics) while I'm at work, which is 75% of the time, so I'll stick with Dial-up at home - for now.

What kind of package did you get, and from whom?


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29800 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

I'm in Eagle River and we are Matanuska Telephone out here.

I was at the fair a couple of weeks ago and they had their booth up at Raven Hall. I picked up one of their brochures and made the observation that DSL was 6 bucks more then what I was paying for dial up.

So today I finally got around to going over their office, and found out that if you got their DTV package (TV over phone) that they will charge you the Dial up rate with DSL so that is what I went for.

Just going basic and basic at this point. I want to see how it works out before I fork out the money for HBO/Showtime.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2136 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 8):
Are you going with the GCI package? Or ACS?

I've had my DSL and phone bundled up with ACS for as long as I've lived here and never had any issues or problems whatsoever. I have heavily restricted internet use at work (i.e. they track what sites you visit and would most like frown upon spending all day on A.net or whatever else), so it's nice to have the high-speed at home.



GO ROCKETS
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

Quoting Chugach (Reply 10):
so it's nice to have the high-speed at home.

I agree, but since I'm only "home" 7-10 days (usually less) every month, the expense isn't worth it . . . especially since I can only have either Dial-up or DSL . . . not both to accomodate my traveling/working.  grumpy 


User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2127 times:

Great, welcome to the 21st century  Wink

User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 11):
especially since I can only have either Dial-up or DSL

Same here.
Don't forget to save local dial up server telephone numbers for the area you're traveling to.
Hotel long distance charges can be steep.

One time I racked up a $220.00 phone bill at a Holiday Inn.
The front desk said it was free. They neglected to say to dial "8-1" first.

Also when traveling, you may need to turn off your firewall and /or virus scan to set up and connect to the remote server. Once connected, then it's OK to turn it back on.

I let my daughter go on line to talk to her friends on "My Space" when we were in Tempe, Az. to watch those loser Angels play at training camp.
I forgot to turn the protection back on. My laptop go so infected in 10 minutes, I couldn't shut it off. It took me a week to resurrect it.



474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 13):
Don't forget to save local dial up server telephone numbers for the area you're traveling to.

Not necessary with AOL. Just plug in your area code and AOL does the rest. One of the reasons I kept it after I retired . . . I could be 'anywhere' in the US and Canada and AOL would find a local access number for me. At one point I had 27 different "local" numbers in my AOL Log-in . . . usually used the local airport code (e.g. CID, DSM, ORD) to list them  biggrin .

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 13):
Hotel long distance charges can be steep.

And sometimes, even with an 800 number they limit to 30 minutes the length of the call . . . that prevents net surfers (like me) from staying logged in 24/7. Not so at Marriotts though . . . gotta love Marriott hotels.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29800 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 14):
One of the reasons I kept it after I retired . . . I could be 'anywhere' in the US and Canada and AOL would find a local access number for me. At one point I had 27 different "local" numbers in my AOL Lo

That is about the only advantage I can see with going to "America on Hold"



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2069 times:

Quoting L-188 (Thread starter):
128 KBPS

Try Cable @ 5 Mb/sec  Smile That will get you into the 21st century.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 14):
Not so at Marriotts though . . . gotta love Marriott hotels.

AOHell?!?!?!  vomit  Considering what I know about Dial up/broadband availibility in AK, MAYBE. But there is no reason if your staying in a hotel in the continental US that I can think of that you would need dial up, unless it's a by-the-hour type deal  Wink


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2064 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 16):
AOHell?!?!?! Considering what I know about Dial up/broadband availibility in AK, MAYBE. But there is no reason if your staying in a hotel in the continental US that I can think of that you would need dial up, unless it's a by-the-hour type deal

Broadband availabilty in Alaska sucks. Unless you're in Anchorage (+suburbs) or Fairbanks, you're fucked.

As far as my trips outside Alaska and my AOL set up, it seems to serve it's purpose. I can't see plugging into the hotels High Speed lines and paying an extra $10 a DAY when I have unlimited AOL at the small cost of having AOL find me a local number with which to connect.

Did I also mention that AOLs filters for BS e-mail is excellent. Comparing my AOL mail with my Yahoo mail is like comparing a BAFDT to a Dodge . . .

As an example: I average 200 spam messages a day on Yahoo. I don't get that many a year on AOL. So . . . although I've heard people comdemn AOL, I am quite satisfied . . .


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2051 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 17):
I am quite satisfied . . .

Wait until you try to quit paying $24.95

2 Things about the disparity.
1) Yahoo is the WORST of the free services for junk e-mail.
2) Depending on the domain you are using, your e-mail is as vulnerable as you allow it to be. If you go to every other site on the net and tell them your e-mail address they will spam you and give your address to everyone else.

I have several accounts. Hotmail is for un-trusted sites that have vague e-mail policies. It gets spam like you have never seen. G-mail is for trusted sites, though when I signed up here I started to get Nigerian scam e-mails. Then I have my earthlink account for trusted busines sites like my electric company and job search stuff. It gets a little spam, but not much.


User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

Quoting L-188 (Thread starter):
128 KBPS DSL connection

Back in the day, that was the fastest speed for an ISDN line. I remember longing for that kind of speed. Of course this was in the days of 14.4 and 28.8 dial up. I'm not that old, but we used to have a 1.2, and a 2.4 - and that was sloooooooow.



Yay Pudding!
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29800 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2006 times:

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 19):
Back in the day, that was the fastest speed for an ISDN line. I remember longing for that kind of speed. Of course this was in the days of 14.4 and 28.8 dial up. I'm not that old, but we used to have a 1.2, and a 2.4 - and that was sloooooooow.

I've got an Atari 200 Baud modum somewhere.

It was for my old Atart 800 computer.

You had to put the phone reciever into these rubber cups on it and if somebody slammed the door it would loose connection.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 17):
Broadband availabilty in Alaska sucks. Unless you're in Anchorage (+suburbs) or Fairbanks, you're fucked.

I read a report somewhere that said 99% of Alaska's population lived in Anchorage or Fairbanks, and the remaining 1% were baby seals that had little use for Internet.



Dear moderators: No.
User currently offlineKazzie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

Dial up was murdered in my home almost 3 years ago, ha!

User currently offline9V From China, joined Aug 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

Quoting L-188 (Thread starter):
128 KBPS DSL

You should try my 8Mb. Big grin

I'll never forget the day I got rid of dial up and that horrible ringing noise it used to make!


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29800 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

Well they had another package to go up to 4MBPS but it also would have been twice as much....

Included a better TV package also.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
25 Post contains images KevinL1011 : No...ANC was referring to the other AOL... Alaska On Line !
26 Go3Team : But it's sooo worth it. Unless they are charging $100 for the 128... I'm only home 2 days a week, and I can't wait for the 30Mbits Verizon will soon
27 L-188 : Nope only paying the 19.95 for the 128, since I am getting the cable over-phone package with it. That is the same price I am paying for Dial up. Norm
28 Post contains images Go3Team : I'm hoping you mean MBPS, otherwise that is pretty slow. Start slowly, I know I could never go back to dialup. Although the Sprint Wireless card I ha
29 L-188 : Oops my bad.
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