Friday, August 19, 2005

A Broadband Modem That Thinks Its A Dial Up

Just set up Irish Broadband's Ripwave on my laptop. I live about two skips and a donkey's tail from the Gunniess Storehouse which provides the base for their signal. I'm trying to download a video from Fat-Pie - it's like trying to beat a rose bush into shitting candy apples.

The speed is a whopping 7.1kb/sec, with just 2.6 mb of a 36.8Mb file downloading. Over and hour and a half left to go....tick tock..tick tock. The fucking gaping disappointment of it all. And the worst thing about it is that we were going to get the 2mb Breeze option, but the stupid property management company that runs the apartment complex won't let people put fucking aerials on the roof. Not to mention that they had to re-deliver the modem cos some wingnut of a courier gave it to some random lunatic living somewhere in my apartment complex ensuring it never materialises again, while he looks at it trying to figure out is it a blender or a vibrator.

I've moved it around, covered up various aspects of it with books and other such tosh, even hired little elves to dance around with it and the connection is still unforgiveably shite. I mean the point of having the damn thing was to avoid wasting cash in net cafes and getting my downloading on. It's fine for downloading tracks actually but a complete disaster for anything thats static on the net and not dependent on someone else's upload speed.

I am not alone

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I came across your blog by chance. I think it's great to offer your thoughts and ideas across to a worldwide audience for comment. At present, this is my own blog broadband phone and although the subject matter is totally different from the one you're writing about perhaps it does affect us all in some way. Cheers!
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