Got SDSL, but was always used to high-speed (4.50 / 2) (#35)
by mami on Thu Jan 25, 2001 at 10:09:34 PM EST
My first internet connection, 1995, was on the usual 14.4 modem running a Linux server (someone helped me to install it, I never was ready to dig into it more than I absolutely needed it to, save the thing from going down). It had an automatic reboot and redial script, when the telephone line dropped and was on 24H/7D (pretty stable - really). A real guru worked on the server telnetting in from the far away. I learned in 1998 what he was going through doing this, when I telnetted for the first time from Europe on an ISDN line into U.S. server - I mean you can count to five each time you hit a key til it arrives on the server, awful).
But I was involved in a crazy project which involved huge files and it was clear, I couldn't serve the site without a higher speed. The project came to a stillstand. End 1996, early 1997 I encountered burstable T1 in the office of my then employer. I was so itching to get this speed that I started to rent my own little office in the same building, just to try out the old project.
Because my day-time job had nothing to do with my project, I really only worked on it nights only, so at that time, I couldn't really judge my ownbehavioural changes due to fast access, because it still was in an office, not in my private quarters. But for the first time, I encountered the immense distraction fast and easy always-on access causes, just by getting sucked in reading some newsgroups and getting caught in the arguments. Awful. I swore to myself in that time, that I stop reading usenet newsgroups for ever.
Then in 1998 I shut down, moved to Europe and was on an ISDN line, of course I still read some groups.
Finally I moved back to US and couldn't resist to get SDSL with static IPs to play around with my old project again and finally start to learn programming.
Boy, since I have the router in my bedroom and three machines running (learning how set up the lan and firewall, mail and dsn server and all that stuff), I had to face the real behavioural changes which those servers caused in my daily life.
First, I went nuts with the fans' noise. So, I moved these servers around in the little apartment like an idiot, in the hope to place them somewhere, where the fans wouldn't bother me at night. I couldn't find a spot. Second, I caved in to my slightly addictive reading patterns of (among others) this site, slashdot, rootprompt and jump around the sites collecting good articles like other people would baseball cards.
Well, I never was much interested in movies or music over the internet (guess that's age and gender and being overexposed to broadcasting news services' noise (loud TV, printers etc) in my main job.
Being quite selfconscious about possible compulsive reading patterns, I put myself in a treatment, meaning I shut down all my servers, donated one away, cut down my TV connection to the lowest package (without CNN) and realized that I could quite well live without it. Then of course, I wanted to play with my project and intend to take online classes at a European Universtity, so I needed my servers back online again. Now, I happily slammed a hole in my wall to my walk-in closet and jailed my servers in there. Just my router, kvm switch, netgear printserver and monitor sits in my bedroom, and I don't hear a whisper of fans. I am a happy camper.
But, don't ask me how much time I waste with reading non-work/project/study related material. WAY TOO MUCH. I am ready to get myself in my second treatment against compulsive reading now. I force myself getting away from home and start reading books and writing programs in a library, where I have no access to a connected computer and no access to newspapers and magazines. I flee from information overload, clearly.
May be because of my age and taste, I never got sucked into IRC chatting, music or porn (ugly like hell - yuck ). So, in that regard, no problem for me. with or without speed.
LAN and own mail/web/dns/ftp server, of course, that's the main reason I got it in the first place to have a system to learn it on to set up. If it were not for that reason, I had gotten ASDL without static IPs at lower costs.
Costs are still too high for a poor person, but hey I am a compulsive article reader... so I pay my dues for my little obsession. :-)
Anyway, I hope running secure servers (including mail servers) will become an household item for anyone like having your own car or heating furnace in your house. And yes, my system is upgradable and I never got busted for running my own network and X/web/mail/dns server, I would refuse to pay for a connection which wouldn't allow me to do so.