SBC Internet has had a big mess up this morning with their network, which led to a 2+ hours interruption of our commercial DSL service. Good bye VoIP phones, faxes, Skype, etc. I tried to share my EVDO connection with the rest of the edgeio development team, but there is just not enough bandwidth to share around. Using a cell phone as a conference phone and an EVDO card as the sole network access only works for the mobile worker.
As our connection comes back, I somehow thought about the first (narrow narrowband) access we had at the beginnings of my startup in France, where we downloaded emails via uucp (unix to unix copy) via a 19.2Kb Hayes modem (or was that 9.6 ?). That was 17 years ago. Damn!
As I am about to drop DSL in favor of cable at home, being sick and tired of Earthlink, I read that announcement from Comcast about their PowerBoost, promising bursts of up to 12 to 16MB - which would finally be close to what my parents are getting in the center of France . We'll see if they deliver on that.