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What to do with ADSL?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Mr.D, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. Mr.D

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    Hello looking for some suggestions.

    Finally got an ADSL connection ( bulldog primetime 2000 2Meg service).
    Having lived with a feeble 56K for years and only ever having had a 1024 service at work thats shared by around about 100 people this is truly fantastic!

    But what should I do with it?

    Download HD material from the net?

    Let the kids loose on Cbeebies website which is now usable.

    I've got a wireless router and quite like the idea of providing my own local hotspot as long as I can ensure my own machines are safe from prying eyes. Any advice on this?

    Eventually I can see me having Xbox live on the go as well as pc gaming.

    Make short films and upload them?

    Any more novel suggestions?
     
  2. Bursar

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    If your PC is a decent spec, get some games and enjoy low-ping (almost) lag-free gaming :)

    Download some game demos/movie trailers/audio tracks - but only legal ones. Don't want any naughty goings-on! ;)
     
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    Buy yourself a copy of Far Cry. After you've completed the single player join a server and get fragging:)
    I've had BB for over a year now and could never go back to 56k. I mainly use my connection for surfing/research and online multiplayer games.
     
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    just make sure you've got the encryption enabled on your router


    HD content from the news servers is a must :smashin:

    You could then set up a high def web cam with a 2 meg link and we can watch your system with you :thumbsup:
     
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    Streaming Porn:devil:
     
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    I have 2mbit Cable modem service, and its only a real benefit when downloading large files. I download DVDs from binary newsgroups, and can get a full 4.7gb DVD is only a few hours, which is really cool. Apart from that I notice no difference in browsing speeds as they are always very quick on any broadband conection.
     
  7. Mr.D

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    Ok!
     
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    Or you could buy it.
     
  9. Mr.D

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    Not interested in downloading dvds to be honest ( I tend to buy them). HD is another matter though I'm sure it would hypocritical to assume one type of non-sanctioned download was any less morally dubious than another!
     
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    I don't think it being non sanctioned is the problem...

    It's when it's blatant theft thats the issue!
     
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    So is non sanctioned car use okay then
     
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    Look up the meaning of the word sanctioned mate.
     
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    besides, who was talking about auto theft?
     
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    I know what sanctioned means

    from dictionary.com

    Authoritative permission or approval that makes a course of action valid. See Synonyms at permission.

    I was trying to point out that there is no difference between non-sanctioned and blatant theft, in a smart arse kind of way. And using cars taken without owners consent, non-sanctioned, blatant theft as an example.

    But then re-reading your post, maybe you were doing the same, but I'm not sure, it is difficult to tell sometimes on here.
     
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    My friend and I have between us 4 computers linked up to BB, My friend uses his to talk on the phone to friends abroad via the BB connection, I use mine for Webcam to talk to friends, we both use it to get the Hi-Def content which we would not have to do if it was available in this country.

    Your kids could feasibly have their own computer which you could monitor from your machine for places like the Cbeebies website.
     
  16. 50/50

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    2 words:
    Binary Newsgroups!

    240kbs baby !

    Although your ISP will be mighty ****** :)
     
  17. Mr.D

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    ooh yeah! HD clips oh yeah!

    Just watched a couple.

    So whats the best way of accessing the relevant newsgroups: dedicated paid for usenet service?
     
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    Yup... i currently use usenetserver.com about £7 a month ($40 for 3 months) and have been pretty impressed with thier service. My ISP one was pants....i have stayed well clear of P2P software. Use the usenet with a relevant newsreader such as Xnews.

    Check here for more info on all stuff download related.

    www.slyck.com
     
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    Tribes 2. Tribes 2. Tribes 2. Tribes 2. -ahem-

    Best online game ever. You can get it for a fiver.
     
  20. ShinObiWAN

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    Its all well and good having 2Mbits of download bandwidth but you still have a crap 256k upload!

    Which means you can't run a games/file server etc. without looking like a cock. Anyone who says otherwise is running UT2003 or something equally ancient.

    What we need is syncronous pipes where the up and down speeds are the same. Never going to happen though is it?
     
  21. Chris Muriel

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    Then it wouldn't be ADSL - the "A" stands for assymetric.

    There is SDSL and even (believe it or not) S-ADSL ; I am not sure who offers it to non commercial concerns though.
    S=Symmetric , same speed up and downstream.

    Chris Muriel, Manchester.
     
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    Erm didn't I just say that?

    The 'A' in ADSL can stand for Asyncronous or Asymetric Digital Subscriber Line.

    Different strokes for different folks.
     
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    How about VOIP or videophone applications.
    I'm just about to have a play :)

    My village just got BB so I'm in a similar place to you.
    XBox live was a bit of fun - played the Moto GP demo and Splinter Cell Pandoras the other night. £39 for the starter pack and about 20mins to type in your details using the controller :(

    You could buy a US PlayStation, HDD, BB adapter and FFXI and loose yourself for a few months :)
     
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    I know that video quality depends on the camera you use when videophoning, but will bb give you a seamless image? Or will it be choppy?

    thanks
     

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