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  1. Comcast speeds and pricing seem to vary widely, depending on where you are located. I just checked, and here I can only get "up to" 10 Mbps for $49.95 per month with a 1000GB data cap. $87.95 will get me "up to" 100Mbps. Of course they don't ever give you any guaranteed "down to" speeds. That price also does not include their $500.00 installation fee or unknown monthly charges for "taxes and fees". But then, until mid 2011, my only option was dial-up. I guess that's the price I pay for living away from any urban area.
  2. I am getting 3.01 Mbps download and 727 kbps upload for $41 a month with Fairpoint. I am waiting to see if their recent merger with Consolidated Communications will make things better or worse. Some years ago, I was paying $25 a month for what seemed like faster service. That was with a small local company which I had to leave when I moved out of their area.
  3. Another Day And The Next Facebook Scam

    Has anyone here had any experience with Diaspora? https://joindiaspora.com/ I signed up about a month ago to try it out. It's still pretty new, but I'm hoping it will catch on and become a more private alternative to facebook. @mudmanc4 - Thanks for mentioning the internet identity card. I missed that one. Big Brother has been assaulting our freedoms in so many ways, from so many different angles, that it is hard to keep track of it all.
  4. What has Obama done for you

    Unfortunately, I think Obama actually has a good chance of being re-elected, either by dumb, brainwashed voters or a rigged election. Just look at all of the "irregularities" in the Republican caucuses and primaries so far. I sincerely hope I am wrong about this. We are really in a sorry state, but too many people I know don't seem to know or care.
  5. Political Videos

    Just a clarification: not isolationist, but non-interventionist... Quoted from http://thehill.com/b...ationist-label- His views on foreign policy are best summed up by an often quoted excerpt from Thomas Jefferson's inaugural address from March 4, 1801. "About to enter, fellow-citizens, on the exercise of duties which comprehend everything dear and valuable to you, it is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government, and consequently those which ought to shape its Administration. I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations. Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; ***peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none;***" I likewise hope Rand Paul, and others, will carry forth his message to the American people.
  6. Political Videos

    Thanks. I tried about four different ways and none of them showed the video on a preview, so I gave up.
  7. Political Videos

    Okay, I am trying. I don't know how to put a video into a a post, but here goes... Well, I can see that didn't work.
  8. WB? Hughes? Someone else?

    I feel your pain! Until a couple of months ago, expensive Wildblue and Hughes satellite were the only available options here, besides dial-up. If you are not in a hurry to change internet providers, you could check with your local phone company to find out if or when DSL will be likely available in your area, to decide if it is worth waiting for. In VT, they told me 2 or 3 years, and then surprise! a few month later it was here. I have not personally used either Wildblue or Hughes, but I have tried to find out a few things about them. From what I understand, Wildblue uses 2 satellites and Hughes uses 13. The Hughes satellite used here sits higher on the horizon, and so is less suceptible to obstruction from trees, buildings, hills, etc., so it should be a more reliable choice for me. Where you are, the situation is probably different. I found a neat little tool online at http://www.groundcon..._Calculator.htm It uses the DishPointer app and Google Maps to show you where your dish should be pointing, in case it somehow got jarred from its original position. You select the satellite from a drop-down menu and type in the address where you live to get the correct orientation. I think Wildblue uses 111.1W ANIK F2 as one of its satellites. Anyway, you should be able to get that information from your local internet providers, and then compare the line of sight from your location for both Wildblue and Hughes to see if there is a significant difference between the two, regarding possible obstructions to the signal.
  9. Mac or PC?

    It depends what you like or don't like, and what you use it for. Personally, I like a PC running Linux. I take other people's throw-aways with Windows, upgrade the hardware if needed, and install Linux, because I am cheap. I can have pretty icons when I want, a black terminal when I don't, or anything in between. I have a good, stable system, and don't have to worry about viruses. The desktop computer I am using now is seven or eight years old, but it works fine for my purposes.
  10. Very erratic upload speeds

    The new modem/router arrived about an hour ago. Email, upload, and download all work.
  11. Very erratic upload speeds

    Someone from FairPoint called me today, and when I told him how I had gotten it to work, he said they would send me a different modem, a newer model. I will wait to see what happens with that.
  12. Very erratic upload speeds

    Problem solved! Before buying a new modem, I decided to try one more thing. The network cable FairPoint sent me has a Y on the end, so it can be connected either into a network card or usb port. Their instructions said to use the network card rather than the usb, if one was available, so that is what I did. I know the net cards on both the desktop and laptop computers work, because I frequently use them to transfer files back and forth. I tried connecting the modem through the usb port and then the email worked and the web pages stopped hanging. I reconnected it through the RJ45 and was back to the same problems. Although I had done it before, I tried a different network cable that I knew was good, and again had problems. Now I think there must be some incompatibility between the modem and both of my network cards. Both computers are running Linux, so I don't know if there is some issue with the drivers that they will work with my router but not the DSL modem. Anyway, everything looks good when I connect through the usb, so that is what I will do. Thanks again to everyone for helping me to troubleshoot this. I hope this discussion may be able to help someone else with similar problems.
  13. Very erratic upload speeds

    So it would seem, from that sequence of tests. This morning I tried to run the tests closer together, starting a new test as soon as the previous one had finished, hoping to see if anything changed with the pattern. This is what I got. Tue Aug 09 2011 @ 9:49:06 am 713 Kbps Tue Aug 09 2011 @ 9:48:17 am 4 Kbps Tue Aug 09 2011 @ 9:41:41 am 716 Kbps Tue Aug 09 2011 @ 9:41:01 am 727 Kbps Tue Aug 09 2011 @ 9:40:19 am 714 Kbps Tue Aug 09 2011 @ 9:39:34 am 711 Kbps Tue Aug 09 2011 @ 9:38:53 am 4 Kbps Tue Aug 09 2011 @ 9:32:09 am 725 Kbps Tue Aug 09 2011 @ 9:31:26 am 710 Kbps Tue Aug 09 2011 @ 9:30:39 am 725 Kbps Tue Aug 09 2011 @ 9:29:46 am 712 Kbps Tue Aug 09 2011 @ 9:28:45 am 730 Kbps Tue Aug 09 2011 @ 9:27:54 am 4 Kbps I am not sure what you mean about the ISP opening a real connection through the internet. I can try clearing my browser cache before each test, to see if it makes any difference.
  14. Very erratic upload speeds

    Besides replacing the modem, is there any way to check this? I have been poking around in the pages for the modem setup, including looking at the log files. The same few lines keep repeating, with time stamps varying between several minutes and about an hour apart. daemon.err cwmpd[156]: Diagnostics Error Handling thread is already running daemon.info cwmpd[156]: CWMP: Final Http Return Code = 200 daemon.err cwmpd[156]: cwmpDoInform: Received SOAP Fault other than 8005 daemon.err cwmpd[156]: cwmpDoInform: Received Soap Fault Server daemon.err cwmpd[156]: cwmpDoInform: Didn t receive InformResponse daemon.info cwmpd[156]: CWMP: Inform Sent Successfully I don't know if anything there is significant or not.
  15. Very erratic upload speeds

    Okay, I'm back, but I haven't yet found out if FairPoint has checked the lines. Here is a summary of a dozen upload speed tests I did over about two and a half hours. Mon Aug 08 2011 @ 10:50:12 pm 727 Kbps Mon Aug 08 2011 @ 10:49:30 pm 4 Kbps Mon Aug 08 2011 @ 10:26:02 pm 708 Kbps Mon Aug 08 2011 @ 10:24:34 pm 31 Kbps Mon Aug 08 2011 @ 10:12:15 pm 29 Kbps Mon Aug 08 2011 @ 9:51:00 pm 709 Kbps Mon Aug 08 2011 @ 9:50:06 pm 712 Kbps Mon Aug 08 2011 @ 9:49:10 pm 29 Kbps Mon Aug 08 2011 @ 9:20:57 pm 711 Kbps Mon Aug 08 2011 @ 9:20:12 pm 4 Kbps Mon Aug 08 2011 @ 8:29:36 pm 730 Kbps Mon Aug 08 2011 @ 8:28:50 pm 4 Kbps It looks like my connection is either fast or slow, with nothing in between. I wish I could find a pattern in all of this. Web pages still hang and none of my webmail works. Could it be a problem with the modem?
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