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Posted on 2007.09.13 at 12:32
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Various full scores on my iPod, back-to-back baby!

For the first time in my life, I chose cable over DSL for my broadband. I did this because DSL requires you have a phone, and I didn't want a home phone. My wife and I both have cell phones. Mine's company paid and I haven't seen a bill in seven years and calls to-from our cell phones are free.

I considered cable in STL, but they wanted to extort money from me. They wanted to charge me for television, VOIP phone, and broadband, whether I wanted those services or not. Sons of bitches. Not that cable is much better here. I'm paying $47/mo. for 7mb down, 512k up. I inquired about a static IP address. "Of course! That's on our Small-Business Plan for $99.mo." FANTASTIC I thought....How fast is the upload on the Business plan? "512k." The man says. Huh? WTF am I getting for $99 if not upload speed - a single static IP? Screw you.

Besides, I think "SuddenLink" is a horiffic name for an ISP. I'd want something which connotates consistency, reliability, throughput and/or uptime. The exact opposite of my link "suddenly" being up, or as was the case this morning, "suddenly" being down. I remembered when I was living with drax0r his internet was down quite a bit in the morning. "SuddenLink" my ass.

Yesterday, as I was walking from the dealership, I passed a structure which has been on the corner of the street I turn down to reach the plant gate. I remember when the edifice was built. Its been there now for many years. Yesterday, however, was the first time I noticed the name on the front. They actually named the building. And as I ambled past it, I felt it was mocking me. It is called the "Walker Building."

And please help me welcome glodowg; another who sits on the local tribal council.


glodowg at 2007-09-13 18:19 (UTC) (Link)
I was totally irked this morning. The early morning news is the only news that I watch. It is what keeps me awake and aware of the time so that our clan can get to the bus on time. NO NEWS since the cable is down. With my breath held I tried the computer... NOPE no internet. It was horrifying. What was I to do for the 45 minutes before I start my own day? The only funny thing about the morning was that DH picked up the home phone to call the not so sudden "SuddenLink" - lololol. We have Vonage VoIP.

Yes SuddenLink is down a lot. It was better when it was CeBridge. Does GCEC Telcom even offer DSL out here?

I want Fiber. Is there a chance that it will be in Anna before we are too old to type or read?

and thanks for the Hello....
ehowton at 2007-09-13 19:06 (UTC) (Link)
Your right. We should petition for fiber, dammit! 45GB down, 2GB up. YEAH!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-09-14 14:59 (UTC) (Link)
greetings glodowg!
drax0r at 2007-09-13 19:26 (UTC) (Link)
We called SuddenLink at 0048 when everything went out. We were told that there was an outage in our area and they had no ETA. I got up cause the baby was fussing at 0610 and TV was back, but no internet.

I'm with glo, I want fiber. Or WiMAX uplink.
ehowton at 2007-09-13 19:38 (UTC) (Link)
You could seriously cancel your colo if you had fiber dude.
glodowg at 2007-09-13 19:43 (UTC) (Link)
Adds a whole new meaning to "give me my fiber"!
irulan_amy at 2007-09-13 20:26 (UTC) (Link)
I wondered what the difference between the two was. I don't even know which one we have, I'm just glad the internet goes fast.

Company paid cell phone = good.
ehowton at 2007-09-14 00:55 (UTC) (Link)
I'd take a hit on fast if I could keep the son of gun up and running reliably. Think of it as a triangle. On each of the points you have one of the following: speed, reliability, low-cost. You can only have two sides - never all three. Its just impossible.
galinda822 at 2007-09-13 22:28 (UTC) (Link)
You just can never get what you want - can you?!
I hate when that happens! :)

Welcome <lj user = "glodowg"! Nice to meet you!
ehowton at 2007-09-14 01:05 (UTC) (Link)
Don't I know it! Maybe if I weren't so damned hard to please, it would be easier...I'll think on that.
galinda822 at 2007-09-14 02:19 (UTC) (Link)
I never thought of you as hard to please.
Just very specific about what you want.
ehowton at 2007-09-14 12:52 (UTC) (Link)
Ok, you got me there.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-09-14 16:07 (UTC) (Link)
I don't even want to know...
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-09-14 14:59 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe they should change the name to "Sudden Death"
ehowton at 2007-09-14 15:30 (UTC) (Link)
I don't think that would provide the level of comfort I'm seeking in a name.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-09-14 15:41 (UTC) (Link)
no, but it would conform to the Truth in Advertising laws.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-09-14 15:00 (UTC) (Link)
you changed your banner.
ehowton at 2007-09-14 15:31 (UTC) (Link)
It still rotates.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-09-14 15:42 (UTC) (Link)
do we still have the avatars or is is just panoramic shots of you?
ehowton at 2007-09-14 16:04 (UTC) (Link)
Currently, just the panoramics.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-09-14 16:06 (UTC) (Link)
prog_guy69 at 2007-09-15 02:28 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome to the group glodowg!
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2007-09-16 10:50 (UTC) (Link)
WTF am I getting for $99 if not upload speed - a single static IP?

This is pretty typical. The 15/2M we have is only $59 if we got residential (dynamic IP), but we're paying $99 to have business to get the static IPs, which I require for work. Other benefits include a separate TOS, so we're allowed to run servers and they don't do port blocking/filetering, the ability to have reverse DNS set up on our IPs, and a different netblock from residential people (important for spam issues, if you're running a mailserver). I'm over complaining about it, I need it for work so what choice do I have? I'd probably go with Business even if static IP w/residential was offered for the other benefits.
ehowton at 2007-09-16 15:06 (UTC) (Link)
Typical for cable? I know that DSL gives you many more options...and many more rate plans. This is the first time I've ever run dynamic, so I set my router up to use dyndns. We'll see how it goes. I just wish I could get FIOS out here. That would solve 100% of my issues.

The thing that irks me about business-class is that they keep you on a residential SLA. You get zero other "real" benefits. I use quotes because if I go commercial I'll get more web space and more email addresses.


You're getting 2mb up? That's nice. Enjoy your weekend!
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2007-09-16 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
Typical for big ISPs I guess. Both the big cable (Comcast) and the big DSL (Verizon) companies here require you to go for Business lines if you want static IPs. We had a smaller DSL company as our provider for a while and they let us have a static IP with reversals, but they stopped offering residential accounts recently.

You're getting 2mb up?

Yep, we've had a Verizon business FiOS line for over a year now. That's where my $59 w/ dynamic (residential) $99 w/ static (business) numbers came from.
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