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Dec 06, 2001

Eventually, I'm going to move out of my apartment. My girlfriend and I are interested in something closer to campus, somewhere a little larger, where she can have a dog like she's been wanting for years. Perhaps we'll rent a house, or get a condo.

Now, there's only one problem about moving away from our current apartment complex, we'll lose our ethernet connection...


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The connection isn't perfect, the bandwidth is capped at 3mbps and I typically get <100kbps downloads. Still, it's fairly secure, reliable broadband, and it doesn't cost all that much.</p>

Knowing that dialup is simply not an option, I have been looking for alternatives that would work at a new residence. Of course, those options are essentially DSL or a Cable Modem...

Now, cable is cheaper, and I'd get digital cable, too (which I'm interested in.) Then again, with DSL, things are more secure, and if I'm willing to pay I can get better speeds, not to mention things like 5 static IPs and such. You have to pay a whole lot more, though.

Well, totally changing the subject, we just had an administrator walk through our lab. It turns out that the person who's been managing the machines placed here had been utterly fucking up on several counts. We have machines that shouldn't be here, things have been appropriated poorly. Worst of all, I've done the setup for some of these things, based on (what I now know) are lies about what we were given. In general, the shit is fucked up. This lab is my job, really. If it ends up getting flushed, so do I. Then again, perhaps this will finally get things set straight. I always knew we were a bit too patchwork here, and perhaps if we can knock out the dead wood we'll be able to build things up properly.

Technically, none of this is my fault. I don't know if I'm beyond reproach for what's happening, though.


digital cable blows (none / 0) (#1)
by alprazolam on Thu Dec 6th, 2001 at 11:59:44 AM PST
It's absolutely horrible. There's a 5 second delay when you try to change channels. Not to mention they just disappear sometimes. All this for the low price of $10 more a month than regular cable, plus whatever you might have to pay for the receiver. Ooo you get a free encore channel! I'm switching to regular cable when I move next weekend.

d00d... I've got cable modem (none / 0) (#2)
by motherfuckin spork on Thu Dec 6th, 2001 at 09:27:52 PM PST
but not digital cable. I love my cable modem, just put a good firewall in front of your computer and you should be alright. I looked into DSL, but I live too far away to get it for one (although Sprint just added the service last month), but others I know who have DSL seem to really really dislike what you have to go through to get the connection. Maybe its gotten better since then, but I know someone else who had a choice, and they went with cable, even though it cost a hair more.

Cable modem in your area is RoadRunner, itsn't it? I think Austin was one of the first cities to have it.


I am not who you think I am.

Cable, DSL... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
by Electric Angst on Fri Dec 7th, 2001 at 07:52:10 AM PST
The only thing is, if I get DSL, I'll get a router and 5 static IPs, so I can run every machine in the house off of it. I could also set up my own server if I wanted. Those are the advantages over Cable. The disadvantage is that, to do all that, I'd have to pay upwards of $170 a month...

Ha! Check my comment history and watch how I accidentally entered this comment into the wrong box the first time.

In the dark times, will there still be singing?
Yes, there will be singing. There will be singing about the dark times. -- Bertolt Brecht

hmm... (none / 0) (#4)
by motherfuckin spork on Fri Dec 7th, 2001 at 05:28:12 PM PST
I forget how much it is a month, but I could get "business class" cable from RR, and I think it would get me 2 static IP's for about $70 a month? Maybe that was a special they were running... can't remember.

I guess my friend who was living in Austin has moved to New Mexico for his new job, but I could ask him what he had while he was there. I'm pretty sure he had RR, but I'm not sure. He only used his school e-mail through UT.

I am not who you think I am.


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