Why do I deserve such a punishment?

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    Why do I deserve such a punishment?

    I got a miserable Interrnet connection, there are lots of good connections here in Colombia, but noooo, I have to have a miserable modem connection which supossedly can go up to 56k, but when I call tech support, they say that the quality of my pone line only accepts connections up to 33k.

    Like that was the only thing. I also have two modems, the fisrt one is 56k, but I get a very unstable connection, I called tech support and they told me that my modem is way too cheap (it actually is) and that the modem overheats after some minutes of use. I'm currently using it, but only after I put a bucket of ice below the modem card... And, when I don't use ice, I have to use an even more miserable modem!, a 19200 modem which connects at 14400 but downloads data at 9600bps or even LESS!, but that modem is good because it doesn't get overheated.

    There are lots of people who I know who have cable connections (they are very cheap), and they only use them to send e-mail or to chat at latinchat (this is the place you go to when you're really bored (when you're nearing suicide). But I have to have a friggin connection in which I go happy because I'm downloading data at 2 K/s

    Why do I have to stand up with this torture when I need a good connection, while other people have it and only use it 15 minutes a day, or only use it to play backgammon or chess over MSN zone?

    Oskilian

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    Hmm...Unless you can't afford it, and are getting free internet, you might as well gate cable, or DSL, or T1, or T3, or dual T3, or something! Okay so I took it too far. Well, just get a high speed internet connection.
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    You can ask a fast connection as graduation gift, instead of the P4. I also had a slow connection a while ago. But now I have DSL and it's like a hole new world opening.

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    hmm, i have a 56K connection to BT (who incidentally are crap - regular connection dropping) and i dont live in a dsl or broadband enabled area.

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    >>hmm, i have a 56K connection to BT (who incidentally are crap - regular connection dropping) and i dont live in a dsl or broadband enabled area.

    Iain... have you noted how bad its been over the last fortnight......It dies all the time for an hour or so..... I heard they have had major problems a while ago and they are still reeling....

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    I have the possibility of having Cable internet (the T series don't apply here, we have European E's), but the main providers (TV Cable Bogotá) have two choices: you can get the subscription and equipment for free, but you have to sign a contract that says that you have to use their service for TWO years, or you can have an open contract, but you have to buy the equipment (and that's expensive). As for DSL, it is so expensive that it's only available for big enterprises. I had RDSI (ISDN), but it made all phone calls more expensive.

    as for the gift, I hadn't thought of it, but in case I can go to the USA to study, a computer of my own can do more for me than a fast internet connection at home.

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    Use whichever is cheaper. What good would free equipment do if you move in one year? On the other hand, if you don't plan on moving, and the equipment is cheaper, just get the equipment.
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    I have DSL. I pay less than $50 (including ISP)
    per month. Why does everybody say it's so
    expensive? I think it's well worth the price.
    I don't have an extra phone line for my computer,
    but with DSL I don't need one. I can use the
    phone and the internet at the same time...
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    Could be worse.
    You at least have the choice to get broadband, I won't for a very long time.

    I get good 56K modem coverage. But then I live within 10Kms of the CBD of a capital city in Aus.

    Others in the outback are not so lucky. If the gov sells the last of our tele co , Telstra. The phone instal will rise from its cap of about US$100. In remote areas this could be up to US$7,500 for the phone (what it actually costs Telstra).

    (Until they get the two way satallite right)
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    And, if your phone lines are that crappy, you can't get DSL anyway. Same reason I was stuck last summer on a 28.8 dialup, even in a large US city.

    BTW, static -- outside the US, DSL can be VERY expensive -- the equiv. of $300 US a month, in some countries/locations.

    The US has some of the world's cheapest phone and internet services; most other countries are not nearly as lucky as us. Even many highly industrial nations have terrible services -- the UK has horridly expensive phone service, for example.

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    I've checked it out and corporate DSL (The only possibility) with Colvatel (There is also EPM, but they haven't wired the whole city yet) costs U$850 a month PLUS the equipment (I could get those for free because my dad is into networking), but you have 10 Asymetric Gbps, that's way too fast, but I don't need that kind of internet in my house.

    Cable would do fine (these guys who provide cable also provide Cable TV, and I DO have Cable TV with these people, so it would be cheaper, about... U$25 a month)), but as I told you, maybe I get accepted to study in the USA, and I would move in less than a year.

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    I think you are extremely lucky by the mere fact of having Internet, just take a look to this:
    http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=0...45&mode=thread

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    ooh, poor people!

    I really feel sorry for them, but I still don't think that I deserve such a lousy connection (we have lots of ISP's and I don't think that all of them can be closed)

    Oskilian

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    I have ADSL... I think it's just $45 a month, it's not that expensive... How much is it in Colombia? And I thought you have a computer of your own, don't you? Oh, or do you share it with brothers and sisters, or something?
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    DSL is really expensive in Colombia, see the explanation 4 or 5 posts above.

    As for my computer, I happen to have two, and the idea is that we (me and my brother) must share 'em, but the problem is that the other computer is extremely slow at any task (it's a 486/66 20Mb RAM), so we must both use this computer, and that annoys me some times (specially when my brother has an assignment for the next day, but he didn't make it while I was at school (he was sleeping), he had to do it at 10 o' clock, that's PRECISELY when I use the computer. But I can't say a word because it's homework, and my stuff isn't.

    Happens all the time

    that's why I must get a Pentium 4 computer as my graduation gift.

    Oskilian

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