Can you hear me now?

I'm once again having to dance around some hosting issues. The main part of this blog has been hosted on Blogspot for awhile now (so parrotheader.blogspot.com should continue to work just fine) but I had some forwarding issues from my domain name http://www.parrotheader.com/ which might have been affected recently.

To add insult to injury, my cable modem connection at the house has been down more than it's been up this month. It shows how far we've progressed (and how spoiled we've become) when having to use dial-up as a fallback option is an agonizing experience. I must confess, I even tried piggybacking off some of my neighbors wifi connections on a few occasions in the last couple weeks. Most of them are smart enough to have password-protected networks, but there's a couple that are still running open networks. However, the lots in my neighborhood are fairly large spreading the signals out and making it hard to get a solid connection. Not to mention the fact that most of their connections are likely impacted by the same issue that's been plaguing my connection.

As the downtime continues to linger off-and-on I've started to research my options. While my experiences with Charter's digital TV were abysmal, my experience with their broadband Internet service has been, for the most part, very positive. My connection speeds have always been faster and (other than the occasional glitch) far more stable than comparable DSL offerings. But when it crashes, it tends to crash hard and be out for days, not hours.

I had previously been informed that DSL was available for my area, but after doing some more research this week, that might not be the case. I don't live in a remote area by any means, but according to DSLreports.com I knew I was at the extreme range from my nearest hub. Satellite broadband is technically an option. But it's more expensive yet significantly slower. Cellular broadband is currently geared more toward laptop and PDA access, not primary at-home network usage. So it looks like I'm going to have to tough it out for now and wait for Charter to get its act in gear.

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