[conspire] dsl 4 linux in sunnyvale

Jose Medeiros jose.medeiros at gmail.com
Wed Mar 11 18:58:55 PDT 2009


I had Sonic.net and was very pleased with the DSL service and
Technical Support which is in Santa Rosa. Sonic does not require PPPoE
based authentication, and also allow's you to enable a firewall on
your incoming network port's / connections via there web interface.
They also provide you a free word press website.

 My only gripe with Sonic was that I bought the low cost plan of 14.99
with 768 down/ 256 up and since I am approximately 17,000 feet from
the the COLO / DSLAM, and that is the fastest speed offered at the
moment. My only gripe with Sonic is that after a year, the plan rate
was changed to 39.00 per month, however once I called them and
complained, they lowered the price to 19.99 so I give the cudo's for

The next month someone on the Apple SVMUG users list posted an email
that AT&T was offering DSL for 10.00.  I ended up switching to AT&T as
they had low cost DSL service 768/256 with a 2 year lock due to the
Bell South Merger and as FTC requirement, however after my 2 years is
up, I'll probably switch back to Sonic. although AT&T has been very
reliable, and my only gripe is the long hold times for  Tech support.

About three years ago I had Comcast, and the speed was close to 4mb's
on the download, but the upload was only about 128k, and caused my
Skype VOIP calls to echo, and or drop, so I learned not to open a web
browser or download any thing while I am making a call.

My only gripe with Comcast is the cost. If would have offered service
for 19.99 with out raising the rate to 49.99 I would have never


Jose :-)

On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 4:55 PM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> Quoting Bruce Coston (jane_ikari at yahoo.com):
>> Any suggestions , any reservations about dslExtreme , sonic.net ,
>> earthlink in particular .
> A lot of people do like Sonic.net.  I note some past labour
> turmoil, as linked from the Linuxmafia.com front page juicebox
> as anchor text "Sonic.net".  That was a decade back, but raises
> questions about management.  You be the judge.
> My friend Duncan MacKinnon in San Francisco has recently jumped ship
> from DSL Extreme on account of unreliable service -- for Sonic.net, as it
> turns out.  No idea if his experience highlights any sort of pattern.
> I personally really continue to like Raw Bandwidth Communications,
> http://www.rawbandwidth.com/ .  That's Mike Durkin's operation, and he's
> really fanatical about quality.  You can practically imagine the steam
> coming off his head on the rare occasions when SBC shoots his customers
> in the foot and he has to beat up on that firm to get something fixed.
> One wants to tell Mike "Dude, don't sweat it so much.  It's OK."
>> It's this Sat at Ricks again , right.
> CABAL is indeed this coming Saturday.  Dates in calendar are closer than
> they appear!
> :r! cal
>     March 2009
> Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
>  1  2  3  4  5  6  7
>  8  9 10 11 12 13 14
> 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
> 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
> 29 30 31
> Since it will be International Pi Day (3.14), I'm intending to bake some
> pies, which of course will be served starting at 1:59 PM and 26.5 seconds.
> Roughly.
> Attendees are encouraged to be irrational, but not complex or imaginary.
> I'll see about getting PCLinuxOS 2009.1, just out today.
> Already here:
> rmoen at borgia:~/iso$ ls -1 *.iso
> antiX-M8.iso
> LinuxMint-6.iso
> LinuxMint-6-x64.iso
> SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.0.00-rel_32.iso
> SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.0.00-rel_64.iso
> systemrescuecd-x86-1.1.6.iso
> unr-1.0.1.iso
> rmoen at borgia:~/iso$
> "antiX" is the low-hardware-spec variant of SimplyMEPIS, based on IceWM:
> Live CD, 128MB RAM and recommended, minimum spec 64MB PII 266.
> "unr" is the Canonical, Ltd. Netbook respin of Ubuntu.
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