Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 15:41 pm
So far, the service has been great.
Sign-up was simple and gave immediate access. I've e-mailed tech-support a couple time (they're available 7 days a week during business hours) and the reply was prompt and informative.
Their main business is Newsgroups, which I don't really use... but if someone was looking for that feature, this seems to be a great place for it. You can even browse newsgroups through their website, in your browser.
The access is unlimited in total hours, but I think I did get an 8 hour disconnect once...
The connection speed varies... sometimes I connect at 36000, but lately it's been 45000. The connection seems stable anyway, and they offer a free Slipstream-powered accelerator at no charge... I finally tried it out and was impressed by how much faster pages with lots of text load (such as these forums). I have it set to download images at the original quality though, since I don't like having image quality reduced.
The accelerator comes with what looks like a very effective popup stopper built in as well (it even stops the "web page dialog" popups that Google Toolbar misses), however, I ended up disabling it, because I can't get it to play a sound when it blocks something... so I don't always know when it blocks something I wanted to see. There is an option to beep the PC speaker when it blocks a popup, but it didn't seem to work for me.... It does log all the popups it blocks, and it is configurable with a white list...
You get 2 e-mail addresses, each with 25 meg of storage. The e-mail has worked flawlessly for me...
There is Spam Hippo software, which is user-configurable, for blocking junk mail.
You get 50 meg of webspace which supports features like PHP, MySql, FrontPage.... However, that space is divided up so that you can use "30 meg for web page storage, and 20 meg for PHP and MySQL..."
For $9.95 a month, this seems to be a good deal, and the company seems reliable, with an actual tech-support department that knows what they're doing.