Friday, May 1, 2009

The Best Things in Life Are Free

That includes internet access.

I just spent $250 on a refurbished Dell Latitude D600 laptop and when the guy was setting it up in my kitchen, he started looking for unsecured wireless networks and found one that gives me four to five bars and is greasy fast. I dunno who in my neighborhood is providing me with this, but I'm mouthing a silent "Thank you" to them.

I say this because just a couple of days ago, I tried ordering the FIOS triple play package, which is ordinarily $99.99 a month. But then the lady tells me that there's no FIOS satellite service so it'll have to be internet and phone only. OK, how much? She says that, all told, it would still cost me $90 a month including taxes, fees, etc.

"So the satellite TV would be only ten extra a month? That's kind of pricey for just internet and phone, isn't it?"

"But it's FIOS!", she gushed.

Yeah, saving a half a second on every mouse click is certainly worth almost a hundred bucks a month. Obviously, I'll be canceling that work order ASAP. I can still use my cell phone.

Bottom line: Pottersville's back, fulltime, nastier then ever. God have mercy on the GOP 'cuz I damned sure won't.


At May 1, 2009 at 11:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bottom line: Pottersville's back, fulltime, nastier then ever. God have mercy on the GOP 'cuz I damned sure won't.

Please leave god out if it, I don't think she would be happy. It's a wonderful thing having some one near by providing High Speed.
Write ON

At May 1, 2009 at 11:57 PM, Blogger daveawayfromhome said...

Hope you dont lose that connection. I was using my neighbors', and then they locked it. On the other hand, you could always offer to pay them a bit of cash monthly and split the cost with them if they do turn on the security (I cant because I dont know who it was who had the connection - very sad).

At May 2, 2009 at 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought FIOS was digital TV, why do you need a satalite for TV? I'm confused, but happy you are hooked up.

At May 2, 2009 at 11:09 AM, Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

dude, so glad to hear you're back and running.

i'm gigging the springs tonight. nothing earthshaking just a cash gig. can't complain 'bout that yo.

At May 2, 2009 at 11:15 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

With anyone we've all heard of?

Man, I wish Winwood and Burdon had taken me more seriously. An endorsement from either would've perked up the attention of the people at St. Martin's or some of the agencies that've rejected me soundly and roundly.

Yeah, FIOS isn't satellite. What was I thinking? But I can do w/o TV for now. It would be a distraction and I'm churning out 3-5000+ words a day.

At May 2, 2009 at 8:51 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

A couple years ago I set up a wireless access point for a friend. Six months later I checked her computer to make sure everything was working and found that her computer had not even been using her wireless router! It had connected to a neighbor's all that time.

Chances are that if a wireless router is unsecured that the owners have no idea how to set it up and therefore will never detect your presence on their system.

At May 2, 2009 at 11:35 PM, Blogger Bukko_in_Australia said...

Ditto to the people who cited potential security drawbacks about piggybacking (some would call it "pirating") on other peoples' wireless connections.

It's fun while it lasts. However, I'd caution you to leech on it lightly. If there's enough of a slowdown on the paying customer's speed, or they start noticing a lot more download allowance is being used up than they accounted for, they might just install security.

Our computer is in a different room from where our wire enters in the house, so we have a LAN. Mrs. Bukko set up encryption on that, just to protect the credit card details in case there's a smart signals vampire out there. You don't want some wall to slam down on your good thing, so tread trepidatiously and unpredictably!


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