October 24, 2005

Llama Broadband Blegging

Dude, we got a Dell!

This past weekend saw the arrival of a brand-new Dell PC at the Butcher's House to replace the eight year old Gateway dinosaur with which we have been struggling along and which is now so hag-ridden with viruses n' stuff that we basically can't open any of its programs anymore.

Given this, we're now finally going to take that step into the 21st Century and sign up for broadband service. So the question is: Verizon or Cox? DSL or cable modem? Any opinion would be greatly appreciated.

(BTW, a word of warning to Some Of You: I am also going to get my hands on p-shop. Payback's a beyotch. That is all.)

UPDATE: I stand corrected in that Verizon does not offer DSL at my house, but instead something called FiOS.

UPDATE DEUX: The cable-bundling option that a couple of commenters mention seems very attractive. We've got Verizon phone service, Sprint long distance, DirecTV and AOHell Dial-up. I'll have to sit down with the Missus and crunch the numbers, but just off the top of my head it would seem that combining everything would both save money and improve service.

YIPS from Steve: I'm so screwed.

Posted by Robert at October 24, 2005 09:22 AM | TrackBack

Cox with cable modem--move your phone service to Cox as well.

Posted by: LMC at October 24, 2005 09:23 AM

For all those wanting to quote me out of context here goes:

I love Cox, really I don't think life would be worth living without my daily Cox fix.

With Cox the speed, at least where I am, is about 3 or 4 times faster than DSL. Plus you don't have to worry about the elements of nature as much with Cox. Ask a couple of peeps with DSL who well it works when it's raining or snowing.

Don't believe the crap the phone company ties to feed you. Try it and you'll love Cox too.

Posted by: phin at October 24, 2005 09:31 AM

If you can get FIOS, get FIOS. Potentially much faster than cable or DSL.

Posted by: Eric J at October 24, 2005 09:42 AM

We have neither of those vendors here, so I'll just say this: pay more attention to bandwidth rather than what sort of bundling deal they'll try to offer you.

And make sure you set the new computer up with Ad-Aware, Spybot and Avast anti-virus---and run them on a regular basis. It doesn't matter what sort of broadband you obtain---the portal to hell just got larger, so bigger demons (aka spyware, etc.) can slip through. Might want to protect against them ;)

Oh, and drop me an email. I might be able to help you obtain certain software for free. {wink, wink}

Posted by: Kathy at October 24, 2005 09:43 AM

My DSL works perfectly when it's raining or snowing.

Of course, I live in Sydney, where precipitation is a thing of fond memory.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 24, 2005 09:48 AM

I had Verizon DSL, Verizon phone and DirecTV. I switched all three over to cable, Optimum on line, about 2 months ago and now pay $99/month for all 3 (with unlimited domestic phone calls and premium channels on TV). This is about a $700/year savings and the service is better. I don't think the cable is any faster than DSL but it isn't appreciably slower either.
In fact, I just paid my first bill yesterday and I noted only $4 in taxes and surcharges. My phone bill alone used to have at least $20 in vague charges for this and that. I remarked to my husband that the politicians won't allow this to go on for too long! So, get in on it while you still can...

Posted by: babs at October 24, 2005 09:48 AM

I switched from Adelphia's cable modem service to Verizon DSL and I'm glad I did. I haven't noticed any drop off in speed, I've never had a problem with the connection during bad weather, and the customer service is great.

Posted by: Kirk at October 24, 2005 11:15 AM

Cox Cable works pretty well, but definitely set up a firewall (ZoneAlarm works pretty well and its free for the basic package)...Ditch AOL..

Posted by: KMR at October 24, 2005 11:56 AM

I vote for Cox bundle as well and add a DVR to the mix (if you haven't already). It will revolutionize your TV viewing.

Posted by: jen at October 24, 2005 01:57 PM

Oh yeah, and on your Pshop aspirations - you may need a class before you're proficient. It's not as easy as you may think for the newbie user. I took a class and it made a huge difference in my abilities.

Posted by: jen at October 24, 2005 02:02 PM

Cable, not DSL.

I'm not sure I'd do phone service through them, though. Voice Over IP (VOIP) still seems like witchcraft to me.

I myself have a hardware firewall built into my router, and run XP pro. I get very little adware, spyware, etc. For good measure I format the hard drive down to the Master Boot record twice a year and reinstall the OS.

Nuke it from space. It's the only way to be sure.

Posted by: The Colossus at October 24, 2005 02:11 PM

Dammit Cartman, what the hell are you talking about?

Posted by: Robbo the LB at October 24, 2005 02:16 PM

If you can get FIOS, go for that. It's fiber optic internet and should be faster (low latency) and higher bandwidth than either cable or DSL.

Posted by: Allan at October 24, 2005 02:38 PM

I can't believe it, my co-worker just bought a car for $25031. Isn't that crazy!

Posted by: Betsy Markum at November 16, 2005 09:23 PM