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What's your internet connection speed?

View Poll Results: What's your internet connection speed?
28.8 or slower 6 4.62%
56k 21 16.15%
ISDN 3 2.31%
Cable 41 31.54%
DSL 53 40.77%
Even faster 6 4.62%
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Old 01-01-2002, 11:20 PM
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The entire phone system up here is best described as dismal. The lines are bad..even for regular telephone conversation..lots of popping and crackling along with unexpected disconnects--thats while talking!! To download or send a 5 mb file can take up to 45 min to an hour, depending on how often you get disconnected. I suspect most of the lines were buried about the time the dinosaurs went extinct and have not received any serious attention since. Just one of the advantages of living in an underpopulated and isolated area. Its annoying but I like the isolation so I can live with the less than rapid speed. Tom
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Old 01-01-2002, 11:36 PM
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mine told me they were required to provide no more than 9,000 bpm ; kinda took the wind outa my sails for complaining re usual rates between 18 and 26. But I chose this place with my eyes open and obviously not for its technological superiority. :o
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Old 01-01-2002, 11:42 PM
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Interesting Kathleen. Required by who, might I ask? -Jeanie
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Old 01-02-2002, 12:50 AM
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the phone guy recited this information with the glazed and defensive look of one who has been challenged too many times and it's not my fault lady there's really nothing i can do about it. i didn't press the issue but i wondered the same thing in retrospect. i figured it meant that was the minimum needed for us to have phone communication with one another.

locally, you used to just have to dial 4 #'s to get a neighbor, 5 for the next town. (15 years ago) most everybody was on a party line, and you could call your own self if you were really bored. now the quality is just as bad as it was then but everything is handled 500 miles away, and you can't easily talk to a human or fuss about your bill locally. we get the bad parts of progress first, i guess.
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Old 01-02-2002, 03:34 AM
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I used to think we got the worst of everything (technologically-speaking) here in daarkest aafrica, that everyone in US had those T1 connections, but having read some of the posts here I feel quite cheered up! We're not the only ones in tin can & rope land

Although our phone only works for 8 months out of 12 (in a good year), when it does, I can get a maximum speed of 48000bps, average of 36000, and as low as 4800 on a really baad day (e.g. just after a thunder storm). Just depends on the state of the phone lines (wet/dry, suspended on poles/trampled into the mud, in existence/pinched for snare-making, etc. etc.)

Which explains why I don't make regular contributions to these forums these days ...
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Old 01-02-2002, 06:14 AM
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i have wondered whatever became of you Sam. Grateful for your presence here given the obstacles.
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Old 01-02-2002, 07:57 AM
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Hi Sam, good to hear from you! Sounds like just making a regular 'phone call is an exercise in frustration. Tom
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Old 01-02-2002, 08:15 AM
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Absolutely! Perhaps the string & tin's not such a bad idea ...
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Old 01-02-2002, 12:10 PM
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A friends daughter who was on VSO with the Masai in Kenya used to have her mail taken to the local post office by one of the village boys who ran there and back 15 miles each way. Two of the lads friends used to go along for the 'ride' !
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Old 01-28-2002, 08:34 PM
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Running again??

After threatening my computers with a rather large hammer, I'm back in business (I think). I'm now connecting at close to 50,000 with a 56K modem. (Keeping fingers crossed).

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