Verizon saves the day
One of the biggest problems I've had for the last 1/2 year is not being able to get broadband (and now, I'm using IE 7 which interacts with Community Server about as well as [fill in analogy here]. I've went down every possible avenue I could find and short of running a T1 (which I honestly started to think about seriously until reality set back in)to my house, I'm out of gas.
Only having Dial-up has put a real hurting on my life. Downloading a service pack takes like 10 hours most of the time. Forget about video or audio. VPN access? Yah, right.
So anyway, I'm so desparate that I went to Verizon today and got Wireless Broadband. Yep, it's not available in my area but I'm pulling data down at about 251k on average. That's a LOT better than dial-up. Plus, I can use the phone.
I am so impressed with this thing that I'm thinking about driving to Atlanta tomorrow just to use the broadband feature, like everything else in the world, it's not available here. Spot watch service? Nope. DSL? Nope. Cable internet? Nope. But what we lack in technology we make up for in Churches. We got 'em sitting out on their own lots. We gottem in little strip malls. We gottem in big strip malls. We gottem in the city and we even gottem out here in Jackson, SC (where per capita, I suspect we have more than anywhere on planent earth).
Anyway, this card really kicks butt. I can actually blog again from my house (no, dial-up took about 6 minutes to pull up each page when you hit a button). Plus, as soon as I can figure out a 'reason' to move back to Miami, I'll be able to use it there. (The cruel irony is that with the exception of Greenville and Spartanburg, every square foot of everywhere else I've lived is covered by verizon).