Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Are there good reasons to use dial-up? Is it still around?
Back around the time of Y2K, I used AOL dialup at 56K and for most business surfing and Web1.0 it worked fine. I used it until about 2005.
But I wonder how you would handle automated Microsoft operating system updates or big anti-virus updates. McAfee updates back in 2001 could take about 8 hours in dialup, which required a second land line.
What happens when people convert to digital voice land service? Will dial-up work with Comcast XFinity or Verizon FIOS? (Actually, Comcast says that XFINITY should work; here is the link.)
I still think that people without reasonable broadband, at least as good as MiFi or cellular wireless, are at serious disadvantage.
Here’s the link.