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The connected culture unconnected; DSL, Part III (in which we get back DSL)

Jan 31, 20062 mins
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* Backspin: The connected culture unconnected * Gearhead: DSL, Part III (in which we get back DSL) * The past 7 days on Gibbsblog

Backspin: The connected culture unconnected

If you have been following Gearhead recently you know of the trials and tribulations that have been experienced here at Gibbs Towers with our DSL connection.

To read this week’s Backspin in its entirety, click here.

Gearhead: DSL, Part III (in which we get back DSL)

Last week we were relating our ongoing struggles with DSL (see Gibbsblog for a selection of your comments on this topic), which concluded with us being disconnected from the world. Our solution, at least until AT&T restored our service, was to set up a wireless connection to our neighbors, the commander and his lady wife, that allowed us to piggyback on their cable broadband service.

To read this week’s Gearhead in its entirety, click here.

The past 7 days on Gibbsblog

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Time sink #1 (first of a series)

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Mark Gibbs is an author, journalist, and man of mystery. His writing for Network World is widely considered to be vastly underpaid. For more than 30 years, Gibbs has consulted, lectured, and authored numerous articles and books about networking, information technology, and the social and political issues surrounding them. His complete bio can be found at

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