Gut Rumbles

June 06, 2003

No phone, no pool no pets...

My phone line is dead, so that means my dial-up internet connection is dead, too. I gotta get cable in here, or maybe satellite and let the dial-up serve as a back-up. Which is best?

For a dial-up connection, mine is usually pretty good. It runs somewhere between 42 and 52kbps most of the time, which is fast enough for what I do on a computer. I don’t download a lot of big stuff or look at pictures, except when I occasionally check out some interesting porno spam. I just blog most of the time. That’s why I haven’t had a burning desire to upgrade to something faster.

I am typing this in Microsoft Word and just noticed that the spellchecker highlighted “blog” and “spam” but DID NOT highlight “porno.” What does THAT say about the internet?


Satellite is way expensive for the equipment....go for cable.

Posted by: Jane on June 6, 2003 05:06 PM

I've had both DSL and cable, and even though they are treated similarly there are quite different. Downloading from cable is WAY faster than DSL, and uploading from DSL is way faster than cable. So depending on what you do, you'll see the difference. Most people download a lot more than upload, so cable is better.

Satellite is crappy because of the latency. The experience is sucky even if the bandwidth is good, because most people don't just download big files, they surf and edit and send email. And satellite just doesn't work well for that.

Once you've had any form of broadband you cannot go back to dial-up, it is that much better. The whole experience is just different.


Posted by: Ole Eichhorn on June 6, 2003 05:29 PM

The equipment for satellite is a whole lot more expensive than either cable or DSL. If DSL and cable are both available, find the best deal on DSL and compare it to cable.

In my area cable is by far the best deal and the cable company told me when I was first checking it out, that the reason it cost half as much here as in other places they serve, is because here there's competition.

Gotta love that free market.

Posted by: McGehee on June 6, 2003 05:44 PM

Puleezz, Cable, where have you been? Get the discounts with you local cable company.

As said, once you go cable, you will never go back!

Posted by: pw101 on June 6, 2003 06:08 PM

Way down here in the bowels of the Okefenokee (okay, on the fringe), you can't get DSL unless you are within three miles of a hub. That leaves cable, and I'm here to tell you it's a wonderful thing!!!

Posted by: Kat on June 6, 2003 07:05 PM

Kat, I went for DSL almost a year ago, but I live too far out in the hinterlands for it to reach. I am fucked.

Posted by: Acidman on June 6, 2003 07:30 PM

The fact that WORD questions "blog" and "spam" but not "porn" says more about Bill Gates than it does the Internet.

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on June 6, 2003 08:20 PM

Cable. I love mine.

I also have DirectTV (long story), but it goes out during heavy storms, so I'd skip that option.

Posted by: Marcl on June 6, 2003 08:35 PM

I have dial-up and my connection rarely ever gets better than 28.8 which seems like the equilivant of going 10 mph on the Interstate.

Posted by: sonia on June 6, 2003 09:07 PM

Your spellchecker's catches tell you a lot more about YOU than anything else.

Check into DSL again.

Posted by: Da Goddess on June 6, 2003 09:32 PM

Never never be without a backup system, so that means you need to keep dialup. Whether you go with wireless, dsl or with cable none are robust enough not to have a back up. Personally I don't like dsl...most of the time you find yourself trying to do something with antiquated service in the co....or in the phone lines. Now if I were rich and had my druthers I would go with fiber optics. :) The whole enchilada...a T3.

Posted by: quark2 on June 6, 2003 10:08 PM

C A B L E............................. No doubt about it. Clicking on sites is as fast as changing channels.

Posted by: Parkway Rest Stop on June 6, 2003 10:10 PM

Oh yes, if you're more than 12,000 feet from a central office ...switching station...where they can hard wire you into a are toast...and if your phone lines is can forget it forever...and if there are any obstacles on the phone lines like interrupters or're toast. It won't be long and wireless will be better service...more satellites are being launched.

Posted by: quark2 on June 6, 2003 10:15 PM

I know nothing about which internet connection is best...but I do know Roger Miller. As an exceptional artist, I mean. I've listened to him my whole life. My Grand Pop (Dad's Dad) got me started, lo those many years ago. Today, I know almost all his songs and I LOVE singing his silly stuff. My favorite song of his is "One Dying and a Buryin'", followed by "Tall, Tall Trees" and "Husbands and Wives". I like all the others too, but those.....those songs give me goosebumps. "Green, Green Grass of Home" can make me cry if I think about Pop-pop too much. So, I usually follow it with "Ya Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd", or something equally as silly. I've done "King of the Road" karaoke.....And, Dwight Yoakam, Larry Gatlin and Charlie Rich with a little Patsy Cline thrown in for good measure. But, I get the best response with "I'm a Believer". I ain't sayin' whose song that is.....but I love 'em!

Posted by: stevie on June 7, 2003 12:06 AM

Roger Miller favorite at our house was "I Ain't Coming Home Tonight." There's a blog there, if I ever have time to blog again!!!

Hi Stevie!

Posted by: Indigo on June 7, 2003 12:42 AM

Hi, Indigo! I'll be e-mailing you when I get outta here...I think I got the URL straight, now....(rolls eyes).

Posted by: stevie on June 7, 2003 12:45 AM

Dang me.

Posted by: McGehee on June 7, 2003 07:32 AM

I've never had the desire for cable or DSL because I get my dial up for free, no banner ads, no time limit. I just keep the connection on 24/7, hook up my CallWave for incoming calls. So I spend what? $3.95/month. If I want to d/l something, I do it at night when I go to bed. But I've heard cable was better than DSL so if you are going to switch, I'd suggest cable.

Posted by: serenity on June 7, 2003 11:30 AM

Do whacka BC....opps, I mean adoo.

Posted by: stevie on June 7, 2003 03:13 PM

Do whacka BC....oops, I mean adoo.

Posted by: stevie on June 7, 2003 03:14 PM
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