[ubuntu-uk] Broadband Modem peer-to-peer

Ian Pascoe softy.lofty.ilp at btinternet.com
Sat May 16 11:25:09 BST 2009

The other alternative to land based ADSL / Broadband is the 3G variety.

That being said, remember that if she changes ISPs, she may also have to
change Email addresses - not a problem if it's just close knit group that
contacts her thusly.

Personally, I'd go for the capped Broadband and make sure you/she reads
through the small print for things like minimum contract  period and renewal

The last alternative, and I only mention as it is one, is to utilise a
nextdoor neighbour's connection through wireless ....

Oh, and dial up won't be disappearing totally, but will be hard to find, as
there's still locations where Broadband is not available.  I suppose she
could dial into your network for connectivity, as long as her phone provider
tariff provided her with free calls when she needed to connect ....
remembering of course that this would tie up your own home line, unless you
were a two line household!


-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
[mailto:ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com]On Behalf Of Andrew Oakley
Sent: 16 May 2009 10:33
To: British Ubuntu Talk
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] Broadband Modem peer-to-peer

As another posted noted, you cannot connect ADSL peer-to-peer. It
requires [DSLAM | magic pixie dust] at the telephone exchange.

David Restall - System Administrator wrote:
> My mother has an Ubuntu PC and her broadband contract has just expired.
> She uses the web very rarely (sends the odd email may surf occasionally)
> but doesn't really use broadband to it's full and, to be quite honest,

If she's not permanently connected (ie. not on broadband), doesn't
frequently connect and doesn't browse high-risk sites (eg. pr0n, warez,
gaming, gambling, make-money-fast schemes, prescription medication) then
she is in a very low-risk category for malware. Manual monthly updates
burned to DVD should be fine.

It's not ideal, and low-risk is not no-risk, but I'd turn automatic
updates off, or switch them to notifications only.

Might be an idea to take a backup, though, just in case. Then you can
wipe and reinstall in the very unlikely event that a problem occurs.

Andrew Oakley

ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com

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