Net Zero and Juno are both the same company. They install light spyware on
your computer...1) a forced toolbar at the top of your browser (even the
paid version does this) and 2) they automatically change your search page
to theirs. I would stay clear of them.
Most of the other free or almost free ISPs make you run their own software,
embedded with some sort of spyware.
They give you standard dialup access with no software to download, and
plenty of access numbers. Don't go for the "high speed" dialup option. That
version requires a software installation, and compromises the security of
thanks, Bill. I'll check 'em out! ...a few minutes
later... I called isp.net: they are sending me a CD so I can
get on line right away in the event my broadband ever goes
down for an extended period.
Forcing your home page is a common practice - albeit an unethical one IMHO.
Even Microsoft does it. That does not constitute spyware though. I had not
heard any claims of Juno or NetZero installing spyware on systems, and a
quick (real quick) google search turned up nothing of the sort. While a
toolbar on your machine or an altered start page may be annoying to both of
us, it's far from spyware.
I've used *some* of this type of software and Spybot does not complain about
it. Our experiences differ.
Geeze Bill, ya gotta have software on your PC, or else it just sits there.
Hell, I'd be more suspicious of Microsoft than of the ISP's that are out
You should really have very few problems. After the first couple of weeks,
the system gets settled down, and there are really very few times when you
can't get pretty good service. The first few weeks relate to set-ups,
additions, new equipment settings, and such.
* Get an inexpensive broadband router, with a firewall feature. Fry's
will have a good selection under $100. They are easy to set up for someone
with your skills.
* Buy an inexpensive UPS/Power filter. This is as useful for the small
battery as it is for the master power switch. If you pay more than $100,
* Plug both the cable modem and the router into the UPS - master switch.
This makes it much easier to reboot both devices, for those times when
you'll need to do that.
My system is set up in the garage on a backboard, and the house is wired
CAT5 to there, for Fast Ethernet and voice. The -B wireless access point
runs behind the rest of it, with the best, but least intrusive encryption
The cable modem has been more than adequate for our needs.
Welcome to broadband!
We have cable broadband. It has proven to be much faster than our DSL at
the office, especially for uploading, but both have been very reliable.
Actually, the DSL line at the office has gone down more frequently than our
The only potential problem that cable has versus DSL is that too many users
on one cable can slow the data transfer, but I have not noticed that
problem in three years of service. I live in an area of large yards (~1
acre plus), with fairly low population density, and that is probably a
factor in our good experience with the cable broadband.
And boy howdy! Once you get broadband you never want to go back! One
thing I've done is to hook up a little fm transmitter so I can broadcast my
favorite radio station (KPIG in Freedom, California) around my yard in
Seattle, Washington. The broadband stream is very good, and generally
sounds as good as the local stations, except that KPIG plays good music.
"If I knew what I was doing, I wouldn't be here"
Ok. They have a pretty good promo going in SJ $26.99/mo. The other
major choices are Comcast for cablemodem and speakeasy for DSL.
Speakeasy also offers dial backup as part of the service.
Don't know about comcast, but I'm not a fan of theirs, either.
They began rolling out broadband in SJ just a couple of months ago, so
they don't have a history in the area.
I've had pacbell DSL for 4 years with no outages yet. Knock on virtual wood.
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