The Friday 2005-04-01 at 22:21 +0200, steve wrote:
I'm using wanadoo.es (unfortunately)
Why wanadoo or why unfortunately?
The second :-)
We install dual boot
systems for old ladies down here who are fed up with
norton, panda. . . and having their XP box go off road
three times a year.
Wanadoo offer linux installation help
on their site. But they don't support linux. So we get
called back to fix it when they don't know what to put
Ah... I see. Well, none really support publicly (as far as I know) Linux,
even though some do use Linux internally (that I do know first hand).
The thing is that the support personnel at the call centers are hired with
a specific curriculum and are given a strict set of rules, like "we don't
support Linux". A friend of mine at one of those call centers only
supported it while the supervisor was not looking and there were no more
calls waiting - ie, early hours. The feeling he got was that the Linux
user was more knowledgeable, and only wanted data, not hand-holding.
Does anyone have a modem working reliably with
Mmmm.... define reliably :-p
A 9.2 YOU update from a new installation today will not
complete with dialup. Downloading the new openoffice beta
even with ftp takes several attempts and then the MD5's
don't check. Get a 'phone call and the line drops. . .
Tarifa plana 24 horas simply is not that. But OK, it's only
18 Euros mes.
Ah, if even the phone call fails, then there is no way the modem works
"reliably". No way! Who does that phone line belongs to? Or, being Spain,
who writes the receipt, who gets paid? They are responsible.
That's a reason why I will never switch telephone company with the
redirection system, I stay with old Telefónica. I don't like them much,
but the lines are theirs, not hired from somebody else. A cable company,
that's different: say Ono, for example, they own their lines.
So... your kind of reliability. My phone line belongs to Telefónica -
that's your first problem, line quality. I use as providers Teleline (old
Terra) and Tiscali. Previously I had another private one, now extinct.
Terra is a bit faster, but has its own problems (like higher number of
port scans). Tiscali has better mailboxes and services in general, but
some times it doesn't work at all, or in part. Speed is a little bit
slower, and I have my educated guesses about it (the access router,
equivalent to the modem, I'm 95% sure will not be on my home town).
But I don't have problems with download, I can get continuous speed around
5-6 kbytes... with SuSE 7.3. With 9.1, around 1-2 kb only. Old story.
No provider is
fully reliable here.
Dragonet in Alfaz del Pi with its fc2 server is the most
reliable I've found so far.
Never heard of them, must be a small provider.
Maybe I should join the Spanish
list and ask there. Is it as active as this one?
You should, certainly, yours is a local question. It is quite active, but
we are less people, and more "easy going", I think. :-)