May 02, 2007

The monastery's internet connection is slow dial-up.

Also, I must compete with several monks and employees for time online.

My blogging pattern will have to change.

I'll figure something out.


9 Comments:

Anonymous Loyolalaw98 said...

Padre.

Best Wishes as you return home.

Regards,

Blake

6:04 PM  
Blogger shelray said...

Father,

Would it be possible for you to get a wireless "air card" for internet access? I travel quite often and have a verizon card which is pretty much as fast as cable highspeed internet. I would hope you could continue with your blog posts.

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

I pledge one month of that "internet anywhere satellite/cellular" acess thingy. I think it's around $50-60.

I know you didn't ask, but I pledge anyway.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Blake, thank you for the good wishes!

Bob, thanks for the offer!

"Shelray" and all, we are trying to figure out a few things here.

We have internet access in a few places where employees work, and in a few of the offices where monks work, but no internet access possible in our rooms (Though some of us do work on a computer in our private rooms, just without internet). For the personal use of the monks, there is one computer with internet access. We all share that.

We're going to get netzero.com access as a new account. That way we don't have to compete with the employees and offices that are on AOL. It should about cut in half our mutual competition for online time. Plus if we go with DSL it should speed things up.

Now ... Shelray and Bob, how do the situations you both describe work? Remember that my monastery is on a hilltop away from access to what might be possible in a business or normal residential district. We have telephone lines, and that's it. Please explain for me what you can.

Thanks!

12:57 PM  
Anonymous MM said...

I would also do some sort of pledge too (but currently i am a poor college student, plz pray for me that I do well on my interview on 5/19)
its a "pain" with 56k

1:14 PM  
Blogger tara said...

Father Stephanos,
How painful to have to share one internet access computer. I have dial-up at home, because I don't want to spend the money for high speed--When my kids come to visit, they always complain and tell me I need to up-date. But I have high-speed access at work. Dial-up is very frustrating--especially when your used to fast--offer it up, and don't stop blogging.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

MM and BobFarell,
thanks for the generous kindness.

Since our first goal is going to be freeing up "competition" with each other, we're going to add a second internet service.

We already have one AOL account with several screennames (only one of which can be online at a time). It is shared by our giftshop, our library office, our retreat center office and all the monks.

We're going to add Netzero, see how it works, and then investigate upgrading to DSL (which can depend on the quality of our phone line). At least with the addition of Netzero, the monks can go online without having to wait for when the giftshop, library and retreat center are NOT using our AOL connection.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous MM said...

There are other companies that offer DSL too Father like Earthlink and even AOL
But I would stay away from AOL altogether ( they have horrible service as well as customer service/support help, i have been with them back when I had 56k and also a short pd with dsl)

9:29 PM  
Anonymous bob Farrell said...

My motives are purely selfish. I like reading your shaving cream.

8:19 PM  

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