After two aborted attempts to use DSL I finally broke down and ordered cable. At the moment I am dialing in with an ISP's proprietary software, and have never been able to use the internet while in the Windows environment via Virtual PC.
Will I be able to use the internet in the Windows environment via cable/Ethernet connection? What do I need to know to attempt this? There are particular softwares and sites I wish to use that are for Windoze only.
Anyway, around here Verizon (the local telco) is pushing FIOS -- fiber optic lines -- that is spreading and actively challenging cable's dominance. It's possible now to negotiate with the cable company for a better deal because they don't want to lose you.
It's also kind of ironic that Verizon is expanding their FIOS network, while neglecting the core of their business: the copper phone lines that carry DSL. The lines are very bad here, like it must have been like in Europe after the war.
The cable will be costing me $29.95US a month. Not bad, eh?