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In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 11:55 am

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!!!!
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 12:00 pm

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):
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Dude!
One more. biggrin 
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 12:02 pm

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.
 
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 12:03 pm

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.
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 12:19 pm

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
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 12:27 pm

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!
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 1:12 pm

Unfortunately for L-188, the dreaded 1918 Spanish flu virus arrives on Thursday. Good luck, buddy!!  Wink
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 1:16 pm

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.
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 1:54 pm

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?
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:25 pm

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.
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:29 pm

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.
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:34 pm

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 
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:48 pm

Great, welcome to the 21st century  Wink
 
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 3:12 pm

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.
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 3:23 pm

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.
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 5:33 pm

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"
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 7:13 pm

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
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 7:22 pm

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 . . .
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 7:46 pm

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.
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:11 pm

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.
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Mon Sep 18, 2006 1:23 am

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.
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Mon Sep 18, 2006 4:25 am

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.
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Mon Sep 18, 2006 4:29 am

Dial up was murdered in my home almost 3 years ago, ha!
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Mon Sep 18, 2006 4:45 am

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!
 
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Mon Sep 18, 2006 4:53 am

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.
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Mon Sep 18, 2006 5:19 am

Quoting L-188 (Reply 15):
"America on Hold"

No...ANC was referring to the other AOL...

Alaska On Line !

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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Mon Sep 18, 2006 5:32 am

Quoting L-188 (Reply 24):
Well they had another package to go up to 4MBPS but it also would have been twice as much....

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 install.
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Mon Sep 18, 2006 5:56 am

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 26):
Unless they are charging $100 for the 128

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.

Normaly it was 26 bucks.

They had several differnet packages, the most hot rodded one is 8 KBPS internet plus what they call their Ultimate cable pagage for 125 a month.

I might get that if I can get the house fixed up enough to get a roomate-My brother's lease should be ending next summer. If I can talk him into moving in, then maybe I could justify it then.

Right now I don't think I can.
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Mon Sep 18, 2006 6:44 am

Quoting L-188 (Reply 27):
8 KBPS

I'm hoping you mean MBPS, otherwise that is pretty slow.  Smile

Start slowly, I know I could never go back to dialup. Although the Sprint Wireless card I have for my laptop advertises broadband speeds, It is much slower than regular dial up.
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RE: In 6 Weeks I Will Have No More Dial-up

Mon Sep 18, 2006 6:56 am

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 28):
I'm hoping you mean MBPS, otherwise that is pretty slow.

Oops my bad.
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