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#908695 - 08/19/13 09:44 AM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: Draclvr]
Robert Gault Offline
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WinXP has the option of automatically dialing a provider so if some program is set for automatic updates, the program will trigger the dialing routine, and after a connection will update without user action.
If you set WinXP so that the dialer does not require approval to dial an Internet connection, the entire process will be automatic.

The above is a potential disaster waiting to happen given the abundance of malware infections. I don't permit automatic dialing or even auto-updates of programs on my WinXP system.

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#908715 - 08/19/13 11:07 AM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: flutist]
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My hometown is up in extreme NW Iowa just 7 miles from the South Dakota border and 3 miles from the Minnesota border. Yup, it's COLD up there in the winter! My town is all of 750 people as are most of the other surrounding towns. The local communications company - Alliance Communications - laid fiber optic in my town and several of the other towns. They offer unbelievable broadband, cable and telephone service in this rural farm community. In the surrounding farms in the country, they don't have fiber optic cable, but they do provide excellent broadband, TV and phone service. Even though they are the only game in town, so to speak, they keep their prices down in the lower stratosphere. My mom paid just a little over $100 a month for their highest cable, internet and phone package.

I pine (and occasionally whine) for such service down here near St. Louis, Missouri.
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#908931 - 08/20/13 11:25 AM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: flutist]
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Drac, have you heard that Nixon wants to get high speed internet to all rural Missouri residents? So far, he has not done it. Since my SIL just gets social security, she has to watch her spending and gets her dial-up through the county and it only costs her $15 a month. She may be able to get high speed but it is much higher. More then she can swing right now.

I downloaded the MSE you sent me, saved it on a flash drive and will put it on her computer this weekend. Thanks much.
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#908938 - 08/20/13 12:09 PM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: flutist]
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Yes, I heard Nixon is working on it. Actually, there is some group trying to get it going because it's good for rural businesses. That's the problem - it's ridiculously expensive. What I wouldn't give for the speeds that other countries get for $20 or $30 a month!
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#909066 - 08/21/13 01:08 AM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: Draclvr]
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Drac, what you described going on in your hometown is exactly what my phone company has done, and I think they can because they don't have the high overhead the corporations have. Or the areas they cover.

It's sad the small companies realize doing this helps boast service(s) and gives them a shot in the arm in standing with their customers, but the corporations only see it as a loss in the bank book. As happened in the past, it may take a law before the corporations get on board in providing broadband service to even the furtherest out in the areas of coverage. Another testimony to the attitudes small companies have toward their customers vs. the corporations. Good service is, after all, the real name of the game.
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#909109 - 08/21/13 08:46 AM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: flutist]
Robert Gault Offline
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Getting back to the original question.
The Microsoft Security Essentials program for WinXP (mseinstall.exe) is 10.7Megs but that does not include the required definition files!

MSE will not work until the definition files are downloaded and that package is 75.6Megs. A typical 56K modem will get a usable connection of 38.6 Kbps (that's the best mine can do) and it took over 5 hours to download these files.
I'm going to experiment with MSE to see if you are forced to download 75.6Megs each update or if only the changed definitions are required. If each update requires something on the order of 70-80Megs, then MSE is not a suitable program for dial-up connections with a 56K modem.

If you are lucky enough to have a library nearby that offers broadband connected computers, you can download the updates, take them home, and install them on your system instead of using the automatic update that is part of MSE.
The 32-bit WinXP defs are at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=87342
as described at
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971606

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#909123 - 08/21/13 09:37 AM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: flutist]
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Good point, Robert. The initial update is probably that big, but it seems that subsequent updates are not. If she updates the virus definitions daily, there shouldn't be any more big ones.

Homer, here is what this small telecommunications company did for my 90 year-old mother. When she had to move over to the nursing home this May, one of the things she missed the most was her RFD TV. Heaven forbid she couldn't watch Polka Party on Saturday night! The nursing home only had very basic cable. Alliance Communications came down there and 3 guys worked most of a day to run cables in the ceiling down to her room so she could get the subscription that included RFD TV. They charged her $75 to do it and a mere $13 a month more over the $20 a month for basic cable. They made her so happy I swear she giggled. Can you see any of the big telecommunications companies bothering for one old woman in a nursing home?
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#909264 - 08/22/13 02:11 AM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: Draclvr]
Homer6 Offline
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That's the height of service Drac. And no, I can't see the giants doing all this work for one 90 year old lady. Heck, they wouldn't even do it for a person living 20 miles outside of town, only house at the end of the road.
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#909375 - 08/22/13 01:40 PM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: flutist]
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I am going to put MSE on her Win 7 computer and teach her how to download the updates. Her dial-up is so slow and her daughter, who is on DSL, and I get so frustrated with it. Hope she can see to do it. She is having problems with macular degeneration. Need to show her how to make the print larger by using Ctr and the wheel on her mouse.
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#909378 - 08/22/13 01:53 PM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: flutist]
Draclvr Offline
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I did this for my mom when she was still on dial-up. I just made a document with instructions using a VERY large font in bold and printed it our for her.
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#909572 - 08/23/13 10:40 AM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: flutist]
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Great idea Drac. Thanks.
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#909798 - 08/24/13 02:02 PM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: flutist]
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Apparently we do still have dial-up here -

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a5...-september.html

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#910209 - 08/26/13 03:02 PM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: flutist]
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I didn't put MSE on my SIL's computer. Just re-registered for her. Tried to update it but her dial-up was so slow. Showed and wrote down for her, how to update. Very easy. Told her to try doing it late at night when the internet is not being used as much as during the day.

Hope that group can get this going for the rural areas. Let me know if you hear anything Drac.
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#910222 - 08/26/13 05:23 PM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: flutist]
Draclvr Offline
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I sure will...
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#910223 - 08/26/13 05:24 PM Re: 2 questions about downloading with dial-up [Re: flutist]
Draclvr Offline
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Loc: In Missouri near St. Louis
I sure will...

What did you re-register?
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