> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of steve rice > > 98 & ME!! Scary! > > If you'd care to fund upgrades for us, we'd probably be very > grateful. Maybe when I hit the Powerball jackpot. Lightning's got to strike somewhere. > > I live in BFE and still have cable available. > > > I live in western Colorado, and there are various brands of > high-speed Internet available, just not in my price range. Well I figured a basic phone line is about $30 with tax and all plus another $20 for a dialup account as opposed to the $65 I pay for basic cable + internet (the package is cheaper than internet alone). Well worth the few extra bucks, especially when downloading huge files like .ISO disk images. A lot of things I do that are work related become a lot easier too, like being able to do things remotely from the comfort my home office instead of commuting which burns up time and precious gasoline ($45/tank assuming I'm in the econobox, not the SUV). Another benefit of a high speed connection is not being tied to regular television. A lot of stations now have streaming video over the internet so I have a big choice of stations from all over the world that I can watch. Great for listening to other languages! The local stations here don't even offer SAP, something just about every station back in L.A. has. > > As for me I'm transitioning to Linux and the world of open > > source software. Amazingly, I'm finding freeware that's > > just as good, and often better than most commercial software. > > When I edit, I generally get a Word file and use Change > Tracking and Comments. Even Open Office doesn't handle those > very well, so I'm dubious about going to a different OS > entirely. If I could, I would; I just don't think it would > work that well. I too have certain things I need Windless for, mainly work-related things but I do have a company issued laptop I can use for that stuff. I still haven't tested my most-used Windows apps to see if they work well under WINE, but the couple I tried seemed to do alright. Another option is run something like VMWare and have Linux and Windows running concurrently so I can have the best of both worlds. The hardest switch will be getting away from Outlook since I have many years of e-mail saved in PST files.