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December 10, 2005

Dial Up and Blogging

Heather Green

Wow....I am using a dial-up line to blog this weekend and it's a nightmare....does anyone else use dial up to blog? Makes me wonder whether, without broadband, blogging would have taken off the way it has....

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Dunno, but I know for sure neither podcasting nor podcatching would have.

Posted by: Amy Bellinger at December 10, 2005 06:32 PM

It's the message and not the medium that counts. Look at the Ten Commandments. There is something that has lasted a couple thousand years and Moses didn't even have dial-up and somehow religion took off. I don't have cable television, I just have the old wireless television. I don't watch as much television as I could be watching. I'm still using ink and paper, if you can believe that.

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at December 11, 2005 07:03 AM

I have a sofa here for you!

Posted by: Terence at December 11, 2005 08:50 AM

You could monetize your sofa by running an ad.

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at December 11, 2005 10:28 AM

Life is just barely worth living at dial-up speeds.

Posted by: Steve at December 11, 2005 04:47 PM

I used MSN dial up internet connection for my first year of blogging. Patience is developed.

Now that I have broadband, the main advantage is fast downloading of free legal music mp3s, but posting to my blog is also faster.

Blogs and web sites must optimized for dial up users, since the vast majority of web users are dial up, often because there is no broadband service available in their area.

Posted by: steven streight aka vaspers the grate at December 12, 2005 04:38 AM

I feel your pain, Heather. Here in South Africa most Internet users are on a dial-up, with broadband only a reality for the affluent (seeing as Telkom, our only telecomms operator, has a monopoly on the market).

I've just recently had a DSL line installed, but up until now have done all my work without broadband. It has been a nightmare, costing me nearly R 3,500 ($600) a month in phone bills.

Ouch.

Posted by: Mike Stopforth at December 12, 2005 05:39 AM

Hi Heather,

I feel your pain, I've been dialup blogging from New Delhi, India and have just managed one entire successful post in the past four days, without links and no pix. After being plugged into broadband in the bay area, I discovered there is such a thing as "cold turkey" and it hurts :) While broadband is available, there are other considerations we don't realise such as variability in voltage (for electricity) and sudden power cuts. Most people have far better access at work or through cybercafes. I'm just impressed by all the excellent blogging that does come out of India even with all these constraints in the environment. India Uncut by Amit Varma and Interim thoughts by Neelakantan come to mind.

Best,

Niti

Posted by: Niti Bhan at December 12, 2005 10:17 PM


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