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Well, after I posted my message a few days ago asking if most people are using 4% to live on or not I decided to treat myself to one relatively small indulgence. Today I got connected to the internet via cable instead of my telephone modem. Boy, oh boy, what a difference! This is great! It is much, much faster and it's always on and connected. It costs $45/month versus the $22/month I was paying for AT&T Worldnet but it is definitely worth it.
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I wish I could get a cable modem and conection to the internet down here but the internet monopoly (RACSA) wants to charge $600 US$ per month for the very same conection that you are paying $45 US$ per month for.

The cable conection actually costs less. You can eliminate your second phone line and your productivity on the net will skyrocket makeing your cable conection actually much cheaper than using POTS.
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Be careful, though...the "always on" aspect of broadband access leaves your computer more vulnerable to being hacked. Hopefully your cable company gave you some info about hardening your computer.

Harley
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Be careful, though...the "always on" aspect of broadband access leaves your computer more vulnerable to being hacked. Hopefully your cable company gave you some info about hardening your computer.

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I recently got DSL (love it) and have the same new risk. I saw a newspaper story about hacker protection, and they mentioned that BlackICE was considered one of the best for the home user.

I downloaded it for about $40, installed it, and it has indeed trapped out 2 genuine hacker attempts and 4-5 "suspicious" transmissions.

http://www.networkice.com/

One bad side effect is that it makes my main PC "invisible" to the second one that is networked to it. Have to turn off BlackICE while using both PC's. Haven't figured out how to configure it otherwise.

Note that Anti-virus protection such as McAfee or Symantic do NOT protect against hacker invasions.

While we're at it, there's a nasty new virus out there. If you haven't updated your McAfee dat files since 11/24, you better do it asap:
http://www.nai.com/asp_set/download/dats/find.asp
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Thanks for the heads-up. I read the Dvorak article and checked out the Network Ice website. I just sent e-mail to Time Warner (my TV and internet cable provider) with the URLs for the websites and a suggestion that they license some sort of software and include it on the CD along with the other software they provide. Either that or implement something at their end that protects their users. I see this as something they should do from a business sense. They really need to protect their users and if it meant licensing some software to include with the other stuff then they would be able to get a much lower per unit price anyway. I'm sure Network Ice would just love to get a big license agreement with a major cable company anyway. :-)
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Galeno wrote: I wish I could get a cable modem and conection to the internet down here but the internet monopoly (RACSA) wants to charge $600 US$ per month for the very same conection that you are paying $45 US$ per month for.

How about a dish? Does anyone know of any saltellite-based Internet service providers, maybe with Central America in their coverage area?
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How about a dish? Does anyone know of any satellite-based Internet service providers, maybe with Central America in their coverage area?

In my area (Tucson, AZ) we don't have digital cable yet, but you can get wireless T1 (1536 kbps) for $300 installation and $80 a month. You need to be within 6 miles of the transmitter, though, so I suspect Costa Rica may be a bit out of range :)
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How about a dish? Does anyone know of any saltellite-based Internet service providers, maybe with Central America in their coverage area?

I think satellite based Internet requires a phone line for the reverse channel. Therefore galeno would require a local phone number from the satellite service. I doubt that this is very likely to exist.
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<<How about a dish? Does anyone know of any saltellite-based Internet service providers, maybe with Central America in their coverage area?>>

<I think satellite based Internet requires a phone line for the reverse channel. Therefore galeno would require a local phone number from the satellite service. I doubt that this is very likely to exist.>

You're probably right. It probably doesn't exist. But give it just a little more time. I'm sure someone is working on it. We just need to find out who ;)

jg
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Duggg, thanks for the spell-check on "satellite". ;-)
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Thanks all. But for the time being, I'm stuck with POTS. We are going thru interesting times down here.
Big debates about all of our state-owned institutions are raging thruout the country. The main problems we would have if we privatized our state-owned enterprises would be riots in the streets because of employment dislocations and a government funding problem. The government uses the surpluses from the state-owned entities to fund our ever increasing fiscal deficits.

What a lot of people don't realize is how socialistic Costa Rica and many of the Latin American countries are. BUT, we have ONE Libertarian congressman in office right now. I don't believe the USA has ever elected a Libertarian to congress. I guess I'll have to console myself with that as I use more expensive and inferior internet services.
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I've been using sygate from www.sygate.com. They have a single computer version and a multi computer version if you have more than one computer.

I also use intruder alert 99 to detect intruders. It is available from www.bonzi.com
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Thanks all. But for the time being, I'm stuck with POTS. We are going thru interesting times down here.
Big debates about all of our state-owned institutions are raging thruout the country. The main problems we would have if we privatized our state-owned enterprises would be riots in the streets because of employment dislocations and a government funding problem. The government uses the surpluses from the state-owned entities to fund our ever increasing fiscal deficits.


Actually, what other governments have been doing is to privatize concerns at a slow rate while paying off the few employees affected each time. (and giving the remaining ones protection against being fired for a few years) This is a very, very slow process - I wouldn't be surprised if you had faster wireless internet access before you have faster wired internet access. The wireless companies are usually much less regulated, and rarely owned by the government, and can operate much faster and easier than the older infrastructure companies.

Have the banks been privatized yet ? Electric Co. ? Phone Co. ?
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I think this post started with someone purchasing DSL service for a faster internet connection. I NEED HELP IN THIS REGARD.

I live in the mountains. As a result, we have no cable, no line of siter television, no DSL service & no ISDN service. We do however, have DirecTV & Dish satellite service.

I would love to have a high speed Internet connection but have been unable to locate either:

1. Unlimited satellite feed.
2. Unlimited stationary wireless feed.

I am open to any ideas. Cost is not a factor.

Thanks

TheBadger
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The only option that I know of that comes close is DIRECPC, which is available from DirectTV. In fact, I beleive you can use the same dish with 2nd LNB Converter. Call 1-800 DIRECPC. The thing is you need to use your phone line for the the outgoing digital line, but the incoming is through the satellite. They do not have any unlimited service plans, but they do have several plans for a whole lot of hours. They say that unlimited plans do not work because some people(companies?) connect to a large netwaork with many users and oveload the system.

What mountains do you live in?

Joe Varga
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What a lot of people don't realize is how socialistic Costa Rica and many of the Latin American countries are. BUT, we have ONE Libertarian congressman in office right now. I don't believe the USA has ever elected a Libertarian to congress.

Well, sort of. Dr. Ron Paul has been a congressman (TX) since 1976. He also ran for president as a Libertarian in 1988. He's a Republican by registration, but an absolute Libertarian by inclination (as well as an OB/GYN by trade). As far as I can tell, he's the only person in congress who is actually concerned about personal freedom and constitutional government. He's actually a quite an impressive individual, I wish he was from Virginia.

Harley
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I am open to any ideas. Cost is not a factor.

Ummmmmm....

Move to Denver???

<bfg> Bill
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Another possibility is to "bond" or multiplex several regular phone lines (and modems) into a single high-speed connection. That is, if you can get multiple phone lines at your rural location.

Your ISP and phone company will happily charge you extra for this service.
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Just a FYI, there are 2 way satellite dish connections now in some areas, so one might not need an extra phone line too. Didn't use to be, but it looks like that's something they've upgraded here in phoenix over the last year and a half.

I'm on cable and have read most of the pieces on hackers getting into your system. Granted I'm a Mac expert, not a PC one, but how exactly would someone get into your computer? I spoke with a pretty knowledgable computer guy the other day and we couldn't come up with much. If you're on a Linux box (wow, wasn't LNUX a sight today) and have remote telnet on....or if you have ftp access on. Or if you've turned on all the filesharing stuff in windows (many cablemodems these days block out the ports used for appletalk....my guess is they've done the same on the PC side). But in general, it's not like someone can just log into your box.

Well, at this point I'm fairly convinced most of this scare is not needed for 99% of the users out there....and that last 1% should have a pretty good idea that they're at risk.

Ok, enough of that. Slightly off topic, but my next post (once I read these last 150 messages) will be more with the board in mind.

Aaron
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