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ISP game?
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DeadCarp    Posted 12-13-2002 at 08:50:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is there some ISP game being played that makes money by taking advantage of our ignorance? After having been online a few weeks, i got curious and poked a free AOL disc into the slot, right? Well that thing changed SO MANY programs that i needed my teenage guru to get me back to the REAL internet instead of "the net according to AOL".
This morning, one of the waitresses was complaining about all the costs of being online, and i asked what she meant. Turned out, she HAS and pays a local service provider, PLUS MSN takes $20-some a month out of her checking account for whatever they claim she's getting. As far as i can tell, all she's getting for it is the privilege of letting her puter open to their commercial-laden homepage!
I began to wonder how many other people are getting hoodwinked like this -- Look folks, this whole thing is real simple. ALL you need to get online is an Internet Service Provider (ISP), okay? They plug you into the internet, and once that's done, the programs already in your puter will let you go anywhere in the world. The keyboard and mouse are just glorified telephone dials.
Look at your bills, figure out how many providers you're paying to hold a door that's already open, and maybe we'll get to the bottom of this.
I'll say this another way - once your chosen "homepage" opens, you ARE on the net. And remember, you can modify ANYTHING that's listed in your Control Panel. You can make print bigger, use a different language, change your homepage, you can have background music, anything. From the Start button on you taskbar (lower left, below this) just click your way thru Start, Settings and Control Panel, and double-click any item you want to change.

Me    Posted 12-13-2002 at 17:43:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use walmart connect-$9.95 a month works good as any and fewer adds than aol

Nathan(GA)    Posted 12-13-2002 at 14:03:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I connect through my isp which is also my electric company. $18.95 a month. They have a virus filter. It's a slow connection because we are 20 miles from the phone whatchamacallit, but we don't have many options here. Them aol discs will really fly a pretty good ways!

Scott Hansen    Posted 12-13-2002 at 12:40:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yup. I pay $13.95, and dial up a local ISP. No ads, no hassle, no sign ups. Machine uses IE5.

walt    Posted 12-13-2002 at 12:35:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pass this on to your friends if they're looking to switch.

Larry    Posted 12-13-2002 at 09:22:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Sounds like your freind is hooked up to what used to be called Webtv,and is now called MSN-tv. They charge for the ISP hook up,which belongs to them, and a fee to use their storage. If there isn't a MSN-tv ISP close by,you either have to pay a long distance phone bill to hook up,or pay for the use of another ISP. I'm lucky I work nights at our local state university and get to use their ISP for free,but I still have to pay a fee to MSN for space on their main frame.
Now I bet you're wondering why I don't buy a PC and put an end to the MSN fee? Well,for one thing I don't have to worry about virus's. Have any of you ever added up the cost each year for virus protection,and all the missery of loseing most of your data? Everything I get on the MSN-tv has to go through their equipment before it gets to me,so I have never been affected by those pesky things.

AOL Makes Me...    Posted 12-13-2002 at 09:18:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Almost believe in the Devil...

Anyone using it simply does not know any better...
Poor misguided souls...

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