bevan at foo.net
Mon Nov 16 09:34:26 PST 1998
On Mon, 16 Nov 1998, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting S. Fouzi Husaini (fouzi at falcon.csc.calpoly.edu):
> > I went to an @Home demo this weekend in Hayward at a TCI office. From what I
> > saw (of course all the PC's in the demo room were running win95) it seemed
> > interesting but a bit pricy.
> What I would want in a provider, if I didn't have it as part
> of my living situation, is somebody who'd competently furnish bare
> IP connectivity and a static route to a class C, and otherwise stay
> the hell out of my way. @Home _definitely_ does not qualify.
@Home has an entire class A (24.), it appears, but that's most likely
because they expect more than 65536 users, not because they want to give
everyone a class C. :)
They do give you a static IP, and they do stay out of your way. Except
(as was brought up here before) you're not supposed to run any kind of
servers, which is really lame, and indicative of the ubiquitous lack of
foresight in the cable modem industry.
There are coupons around for the installation price, it can go as low as $50.
Compared to San Diego's RoadRunner service, it's superior. It's faster,
the IP isn't dynamic, and you don't have to use proprietary software to
> > What I did find was cool was when I had exhausted the technical resources of
> > the Compac consultant they had on hand at the demo and they refered me to a
> > tech-support line the guy I got to talk with was a LINUX user! I thought that
> > was pretty cool.
Probably the guy who installed my box :)
He said he'd never done a linux install before, and asked me lots of
questions about linux. Maybe he got promoted after he learned it.
On a vaguely related note, anybody see the Cisco commercial on TV? I
liked it - promoted open standards to the max. I held my breath hoping it
was a software company :)
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