I’m a heavy internet user. When folks send out surveys about internet usage, I’m one of the ones that usually fall into the ‘power user’ categories. For the past few years, though, I’ve felt increasingly left behind by the new internet techology because I was stuck with a dialup connection. I felt like I was only getting half of the Internet. And I was. Low bandwidth speeds meant that I couldn’t use a webcam to chat with friends. I got left behind in chatroom conversations and couldn’t use a lot of web sites that use databases to store information – even discussion forums took so long to load that I often gave up waiting and found something else to do. On Wildblue, all that is changed. Here are five things I can do on Wildblue that I couldn’t do on dialup.
1. View the Flash Intro to web sites. Okay, that may seem like a small thing, but graphic design is a hobby of mine. On dial-up connection, Flash and video intros took so long to load that I usually skipped right over them. With
Wildblue I get to see all the Flash I’ve been missing.
2. Discussion Forums! Like I said above, discussion forums that use databases to store information are so slow on a dial-up connection that I kept a book next to my keyboard so I could read while waiting for a page to load fully. No more. On Wildblue, I get the whole page within seconds and can read and post to my heart’s content.
3. Animated games. My kids love online Shockwave games like Lenny Loosejocks. (Check it out at www.loosejocks.com) Half the time on dialup, the games wouldn’t even finish loading. With Wildblue, they spend a lot less time complaining and a lot more time playing.
4. See all the pictures from my cousin’s wedding. Web pages with lots of graphics and photos actually finish loading with Wildblue. That meant that I could actually see all the photos that my uncle posted of my cousin’s wedding. Never would have even tried that on dialup.
5. Listen to my favorite radio stations. A slow dialup connection meant that my ‘net radio spent as much time buffering as it did playing. Not with Wildblue. It only takes a few seconds to connect, and after that it’s all music all the time.