Fwd: Re: [Midlands] Well then...
cansbro at eircom.net
Fri Jan 24 01:01:56 GMT 2003
>Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 00:58:47 +0000
>To: Patrick Kiernan <amp at hossbert.com>
>From: Catherine Ansbro <cansbro at eircom.net>
>Subject: Re: [Midlands] Well then...
>>>The eircom announcement. What you thinK?? I know Crossan are starting
>>>trials of cable internet, I have been in touch with them to see about
>>>getting involved and I'm just waiting to see what service they'll offer.
>We live in the wilderness between Boyle & Frenchpark. I think you folks
>will see this long before we do. We're seriously thinking of
>satellite. Our 128Kb ISDN gives us about 2Kb/s on average--when there is
>throughput at all. When I complain or threaten a lawsuit for false
>advertising we get a booster on the line for about 2 wks and it goes up to
>about 6Kb/s. Then they seem to move the booster elsewhere & we're back to
>a snail's pace.
>There don't seem to be any networking professionals around here who are
>passionate about linux. We just had 4 different companies in to get us
>quote on re-configuring our network (from Longford, Sligo, Boyle &
>Claremorris). Some have some linux experience, or say they do or others
>in their company do. I didn't even encounter enthusiasm even for a linux
>firewall. Maybe it is not what our network needs (unusual stuff for
>astronomy/remote telescope access with lots of existing Windows software)
>and I can accept that--I'm trying to keep an open mind. I have too little
>experience to take a stand, and have too many obstacles in trying to get
>it up & functional on my own desktop.* Linux appeals to me
>intellectually, ethically and financially. Maybe I'll have to wait till
>we have office space and we can start from scratch and then I can check
>out all the hardware ahead of time for compatibility.
>*can't read files saved in .rtf (lycoris distro); can't get rid of the
>linux partition which dual boots with Win 2K & redo it with a different
>distro because Partition Magic won't recognize the partitions it
>created. (part of problem may be that I set up some of the sections as
>reiser3, and some of the distros don't recognize it--including the native
>one and Partition Magic.) Oops. Re-partitioning w/o Partition Magic gets
>me quickly into "expert" options with dire warnings in which I feel out of
>my depth. Can't dial out to update anything because it doesn't see my
>3com modem which is on tty2, tho not for lack of trying. Sigh. I will
>get there eventually I am sure. I've unwittingly gotten myself into
>problems that I don't know how to get out of.
>Well, if any of ye ever want to come have the meeting here & help get me
>sorted out I can promise lots of great cake, and those of you who've been
>to the first few meetings know I'm not exaggerating :-)
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