Y'know, cable modems kick ass.
Yeah, they are just bigger, faster modems. Nothing fundamentally new. Broadband is, essentially, just another method of connecting to the internet.
But it's like going from a Ford Pinto to a Ferrari. Definitely an improvement.
I know. Chances are, *you* already have DSL, or cable. But this is Sitka, Alaska. Pop. 8500. Isolated-- there are no roads off the island. There are no other communities connected at all; it's just Sitka. Worse, it's on the outside of the Alexander Archepelago, which means we are isolated, even for Southeast Alaska.
So the fact that we have both DSL and cable is remarkable. It means the internet is truly coming of age, even if everyone who can use a freakin' web browser is a computer expert.
Just got back from Cleveland. I spent two weeks working with my brother at the company for which he works. Note I did this last year, as well. I don't feel as if I really earned my pay, this year. But it was a blast, planning big software projects, staying up late playing Marvel Super Hero vs. Street Fighter, drinking beer, and hanging out with Jeff and Dan and Zubin and Len. Very fun.