Monthly Archives: February 2011

10 Things I Love Most About Broadband Internet

Gone are the days when the only way we could connect to the Internet was through dial-up.  Thankfully, there is no more loud, squealing handshake to wait through in order to get on the Net.  Check out the 10 Things I Love Most about Broadband.

  1. Faster: I would say the biggest plus for broadband is the speed at which we can surf the net.
  2. Higher Quantity of data: The sheer volume of date that can be transferred now via broadband is mind-boggling.
  3. Satellite Broadband: An ability to carry information to and from via satellites is a huge step up from being tied to cables.  The possibilities are endless.
  4. Mobile Broadband: An even bigger step up in terms of freedom is the mobile broadband that allows you to connect in the car or under a tree if you want.
  5. Internet Shows: Being able to watch television shows online now and actually having the quantity and speed of data to make that possible is amazing.
  6. Work from Home: Broadband allows me to telecommute by being able to log into my company’s computer from my home and it’s just like I’m there.
  7. Web casting: Prior to broadband there was no such thing as web casting.  Someone can broadcast from their home or office and thousands of people can watch and interact with them.  Flying in for a meeting is a thing of the past.
  8. Skype: Keeping in touch with loved ones has never been easier since broadband came along and made it possible to communicate via web cam.
  9. Internet Gaming: Not only can you find a plethora of games online, but also you can connect and play with people from all over the world.
  10. You Tube: How could we live without You Tube?  Without broadband the millions of You Tube videos would not be possible and people like Justin Bieber would not get discovered.

10 Reasons You Might Still have Dial-up Internet

Do you remember the movie You’ve Got Mail?  This iconic movie depicts the squealing “hand shake” when dial-up Internet connects.  For some, dial-up is old technology and has gone to hang out with Pong and Atari, but for others it’s a sound they hear every day.  Check out these ten reasons why you might still have dial-up Internet.

  1. No access: The first reason might be that you live in a rural area that does not have cable or fiber optic lines that can give you a cable modem or DSL.
  2. Too Expensive: For the thrifty person who doesn’t use the Internet a lot you may choose to use a dial-up connection for free on the few occasions that they need to use it at all.
  3. Protecting your kids: How does dial-up protect your kids you might be asking?  Dial-up connections are very slow and make it impossible to use features like You Tube that may have questionable content.
  4. Fear of identity theft: Many other types of Internet access are always on so there is a fear that hackers can access your personal information.
  5. Old Computer: For some people their computers are just too old for the new technology.
  6. You already use it all day at work: Lots of people use their computer at work all day long and the last thing they want to do when they go home is get on it again.
  7. Out of the loop: Some people have never been offered anything else and don’t know that something better is available.
  8. Only use computer for e-mail: Many people only use their computer for e-mail and after they connect to dial-up and download their messages they are done.
  9. Don’t care how fast it is: There are some people that aren’t in a rush and don’t see a need for their computer to go faster.
  10. Live too far away from junction box: Some people live too far away from a junction box to get a good signal.