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The death of dialup....


  10:24:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 494 words  
Categories: Travel, VoIP, Networking, RoadRunner

The death of dialup....

Long after I got broadband service, I continued to have a dialup ISP account. Namely with IBM->ATT Global->Business Net (I think that's how it evolved).... I was principally using the account so that I could access the Internet when traveling, though I did occasionally have to use it as backup for when my broadband was down. And, there was also the gap during my last move.

But, about a year and half now, I've been living landline free at home. So, using it as backup to my broadband....just doesn't work anymore. And, the amount of travel I do is so very little, and just about everywhere I've gone...there has been some kind of WiFi access. Free or Pay.

About the only reason I'm truly hesitant to give up the account, is the email address. For a long time it was my stable, non-free, non-personalized email address (and not dependent on any of the domains that I have registered....) Which was supposed to mean that it was the most reliable way to reach me. Except that it is 99.999% spam these days...and that's at a rate of 100's of messages per day.

So, I think it will be time to finally cancel my dialup account. Even though the monthly savings will be insignificant compared to the upcoming change in lifestyle....:**:

Actually, the death of landline, was that I was only keeping it around for backup/emergencies...and when SBC took over, they broke it...and then wanted me to repeated pay them to fix it. (PICC Freeze only prevents non-SBC long distance providers/resellers from slamming me...>:XX) And, that it wasn't serving as a backup...because when I upgraded to XP, my 'dumb' modem (don't why implementing the features in software only would make it 'smart'?) ceased to function. I think it was a miracle that it worked when I had upgraded to W2K. I tried acquiring other USB modems around that time, but they didn't fare much better. And, I haven't looked back. Always figured that if I truly needed to use dialup....the laptop's built in modem would cover me.

Perhaps I should mention that I do have one other email account that is nothing but spam....but it is my RoadRunner account...and the only thing that might qualify as not beng spam, is the regular Tracks email from RoadRunner...but I didn't ask to get it, and because I clicked something once...I now get two copies each time. Perhaps because when I originally signed up, I had a account name of 'lchen'....and then when I moved...they gave me a new account name of 'lchen6'. I asked why they couldn't have let me have my old account name, but the installer didn't have an answer for me. But, I guess there's some kind of bureacractic answer to things...probably since I moved into a former-Adelphia area that Time Warner had taken over.

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