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Cindi    Posted 02-26-2003 at 13:29:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
the bumper that knocks you offline due to inactivity. You get knocked off then get a message....you have been disconnected due to inactivity. It's really starting to tick me off. I'm on aol.


Gary in Geneva    Posted 02-27-2003 at 04:19:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
AOL is notorious for dropping connections for a number of reasons. The only dial-up Internet provider that I found that defines UNLIMITED the same as a dictionary is ATT WorldNet. Two years ago when I was on dial-up I configured my connection to redial if dropped. The connection would stay up from several days to almost three months without dropping. You could have problems with your modem or LEC as well. If possible find an ISP that has a local number


Spence    Posted 02-26-2003 at 18:15:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
What works sometime is to halt what your doing on occasion and make your browser do a server request to bring in another page. That's sets the activity clock back to 0. I usually get time outs when I'm writing something long.

Server timeout is usually triggered by high server activity and traffic. It's trying hard to please everyone, so it sets a time limit as to the amount of inactivity. It does this because it has to pole your address when it's busy, so it would rather drop you all togeather than pole an inactive site.

It's like mail advertising, buy something and they the clock starts ticking. If you don't buy, the clock eventually dies down.

(Guess what,yup, I just got a disconnect writing this!!!!)



Salmoneye    Posted 02-26-2003 at 14:03:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
AO-He!! is the Anti-Christ!

Dump it...Most insidious junk I have ever seen...

But, that is just my opinion...I could be wrong...

;-)


walt    Posted 02-26-2003 at 13:59:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's two free programs. Could only link one, here's the other.

http://www.pclightning.com/kpalive.html



walt(more info)    Posted 02-26-2003 at 14:05:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm paying $8.99 a month for dialup. Look here to find a better ISP.



Cindi    Posted 02-26-2003 at 18:39:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you Walt, I added both those sites to my favs and will check them out. If I don't get bumped off meantime.


THERES ONLY SO MUCH COMPUTER SPACE    Posted 02-26-2003 at 13:34:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
if You stay on when inactive your realy cheating others.just adust to facts of life


Cindi    Posted 02-26-2003 at 18:41:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I didn't know that. I just assumed that unlimited service meant unlimited service.


Fawteen - that's true, as far as it goes    Posted 02-26-2003 at 13:39:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Leaving yer computer idle for two hours while you go shopping is one thing, but some ISP's will kick you off in the space of time it takes to compose a response to an email, mostly because they're too damned cheap to buy more modems.

Scroom, I say...


Salmoneye    Posted 02-26-2003 at 13:51:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Get DSL...

After I paid my old ISP and then paid the cap on my local usage...I was spending a dollar more than I am now...ANd I don't tie up the phone when online...and it is minimum of 5 times faster (usually closer to 10x)...and...

LOL


Fawteen - Hmmmmm    Posted 02-26-2003 at 13:59:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got a separate line for the puter. Between minimum charge for the line and my ISP, I'm paying $45 and change a month. Wonder what I can get DSL for?


Salmoneye    Posted 02-26-2003 at 14:17:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That is what I am paying for DSL...But like I said...My Local Usage has dropped to nill (don't use the phone much)...For DSL, you have to be within 10 kilometers of a fiberoptic hub...Almost the whole state of Vermont is as of now...

FCC limits the speed of 'phone' frequency transmissions on copper wire to 53K...no matter what your modem speed is (56k) you can never move that fast on a 'regular' phone line at the FCC regulated frequency...What DSL does is piggyback a seperate signal at a higher unregulated frequency on the same 2 copper wires...Top end on a DSL is limited to around 1544k downstream, 512k upstream...That will cost around $200/month and is oriented to medium size business/schools...I have the 'lowest' package which has max speeds of 384k downstream, 128k upstream...

Try the link below...I have consistant throughputs of 350k+...

Once you go DSL, you will never accept less speed...


Cindi    Posted 02-26-2003 at 18:42:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wish we could get DSL here, but we can't.


Ludwig    Posted 02-26-2003 at 15:44:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
904.63 Kbps
I love DSL.


Fawteen    Posted 02-26-2003 at 13:33:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is a little utility that sends a round-robin message at set intervals, I'll have to see if I can find it.

I fired my last ISP for that timeout stuff, I'm paying good money, I'll idle if I want to!


Cindi    Posted 02-26-2003 at 13:43:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This only started since I deleted some cookies thought that might have done it somehow. I went to pick up the kids, round trip, one hour. Bumped off. I have to sign on using a local long distance number and it costs me every time I sign on, so I usually leave it on during the day, but I use it alot during the day between chores too. Stupid to keep knocking up the phone bill when I know I'm going to be on off and on all day.


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