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Damn internet, I didn't make it to the second day

post #1 of 28
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Well after months of not having an internet connection to my house, Earthlink made me an offer I couldn't refuse, and now I have a dial up connection for $6.95 a month. Sure it is cheap, but is it?

I't took only a little bit over 24 hrs for me to buy something skiing related after I became connected again. No, it wasn't another pair of Chubbs, I bought a pair of AFCR Gore-tex ski pants from Sierra Trading Post for $88 plus shipping ($220 retail).

Now, I did fully intend on buying Gore-tex pants for the season, because I am fed up with also-ran waterproofing, and know that this will be a big snow year, so I want to cover my keester, as it were. It is, however, alarming to me how quickly I snapped these up once I got back online at home. :

What chance does my "not buying skis this year" declaration stand? Oh the horror, oh the shame!

BTW anyone have any experience with AFCR?
post #2 of 28
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OOPS! I got the acronym wrong, it's AFRC. By Outdoor Gear.
post #3 of 28
At least you don't have a wife and family on Second Life;

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118670164592393622.html

Cheers,

Michael
post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by barrettscv View Post
At least you don't have a wife and family on Second Life;

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118670164592393622.html

Cheers,

Michael
I clicked on the article. Some people are just too weird for me. They have headaches as if married with none of the physical contact. It makes no more sense than selling my skis and joining an online ski club.
post #5 of 28
For really cheap dialup try www.All2easy.net.

$4.95 a month and it's been reliable for me.
post #6 of 28
Dial-up?

*shudders*
post #7 of 28
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AHA! The price of the pants I bought has gone up $12 since yesterday!
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by torfinn View Post
Dial-up?

*shudders*
Yeah, it's wicked slow for downloads, but I'd rather spend the money on going skiing, and the difference between this and a DSL connection is enough to pay gas for 7 trips to the mountain a month.

I've got my priorities straight. I plan on putting in over 100 days this season, so I'm trying to exercise restraint in spending.
post #9 of 28
So, since you've GOT skis, if you buy another pair, that's how many MONTHS of DSL? Better not buy skis!!
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
AHA! The price of the pants I bought has gone up $12 since yesterday!
See, you didn't spend money, you saved money!
post #11 of 28
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So, since you've GOT skis, if you buy another pair, that's how many MONTHS of DSL? Better not buy skis!!
Good God woman, you have your priorities all screwed up, skis come way before the internet! However, as part of my thrift campaign, I'm "not buying any skis this year". So far, so good.
post #12 of 28
But now that you have internet access again, you can be thoroughly knowledgable about what skis are out there and you'll know the cheapest way to get them.....good luck! I have a hard time curbing my "saving sprees" on the internet.........how can you say no to something if you can find it for 50% or more off???
post #13 of 28
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you can be thoroughly knowledgable about what skis are out there and you'll know the cheapest way to get them.....good luck!
Bwahahahaha!! Obviously you have no idea who you're dealing with, I've been there long since:

post #14 of 28
VA, don't feel bad about the dialup. My parents are still on dial up and can't get dsl or cable at their house.
It is the way it is.
What it is, is better access than going to the library!
Glad you're back!
post #15 of 28
Like I said, you've GOT skis.

Think of how much TIME you waste on dial-up. Time you could be sleeping to allow those ski muscles to be ready for the next day. I get antsy with a 3 Meg download speed.
post #16 of 28
Fios w/ 15 meg... It rocks.
post #17 of 28
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Like I said, you've GOT skis.

Think of how much TIME you waste on dial-up. Time you could be sleeping to allow those ski muscles to be ready for the next day. I get antsy with a 3 Meg download speed.
I consider most of my time on the internet a waste. Again, I don't let it interfere with my skiing. I have no problem with dial-up, I use the loading time to go get a snack, make a few passes with my edge tool, p-tex a gouge, hot wax a ski, etc. I really don't spend much time here during the season. Priorities.
post #18 of 28
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Fios w/ 15 meg... It rocks.
I ordered the FIOS 15 Meg service on June 20. Verizon did not come to my house on five different scheduled installation days, and finally came on August 13th, without notice, while I was at work. They have rescheduled for an installation on October 3rd, so we will see if that ever happens. The bums at Verizon make the airlines look like models of customer service.
post #19 of 28
Well, be grateful that SOMETIME you'll get it. We don't have anything close to that here in the wilds of Montana and the fastest DSL I can get is 3 Meg. We tried to upgrade the speed, but it turned out we're just a few hundred feet too far from the central office.
post #20 of 28
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What chance does my "not buying skis this year" declaration stand?
Apparently it didn't stand a snowball's chance in hell.

I've bought two pairs of skis, and two pairs of bindings. :
post #21 of 28
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Well, be grateful that SOMETIME you'll get it. We don't have anything close to that here in the wilds of Montana and the fastest DSL I can get is 3 Meg. We tried to upgrade the speed, but it turned out we're just a few hundred feet too far from the central office.
I'm from the northeast and I had very fast >10Mb cable years and years ago. Heck, I had 10Mb cable before anyone thought to limit throughput back in 1997.

I tell you this because I now live in a city of roughly one half million residents, and 3 meg DSL is the best I can get too. : Uh, the West does have its disadvantages.
post #22 of 28
FWIW the 15 meg FIOS seems not to get any more than about 500 K throughput. I remain as satisfied as before (not very).
post #23 of 28
Heh, Verizon sucks. Comcast sucks (which is why I don't have cable here) but when I was in CT using...Optimum?...I was getting >10Mb throughput all the time...with super low latency as well.

Here not only do I often struggle to get anywhere near my 3Mb throughput, I also have pings to US servers in the 150-300ms zone. I use my connection a lot, so I can't switch to cable because Comcast has a habit of kicking out people who go over secret transfer quotas during the month.

BTW, 500KB/s is about 4Mb...pretty terrible if you are paying for 15. Try www.speedtest.net and check out the charts for the top countries...Japan is averaging over 10Mb...
post #24 of 28
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post #25 of 28
err, sorry about that. hey, you should get one of those parental control programs and block gear swap forums and freebay.
post #26 of 28
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err, sorry about that. hey, you should get one of those parental control programs and block gear swap forums and freebay.
Yeah but how would I keep myself from figuring out the password?
post #27 of 28
Whenever I want to forget a password, all I need to do is make sure I pick a really good one and maintain high security by not writing it down. Works like a charm. I've proven this to myself too many times, yet I still stubbornly refuse to write them down or use something for more than one account.
post #28 of 28
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But I like gear swaps & ebay......
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