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Janel

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Hi all,

 

Just in case you had not noticed, I have pinned a reminder at the top of each forum area, in hopes that new members and seasoned members will be reminded to process or edit their photos to follow the guidelines recommended by The Carving Path forum.

 

Doing this by each of you wonderful folks who share their photos with us will be a friendly thing to do for the members who suffer with slow, land line, modems. One unfortunate member of the soda straw connection club is myself, so I feel it every time a huge file is attached to a post. Thus, I am motivated to spread the word every time someone posts a photo with a high file size or large pixel dimension which pushes the browser wide open and takes forever to load. One post in the past month or two took half an hour to load the first time. Each time I revisited that page it took that kind of time again. So to save myself time, I either avoid the page, not a first choice, or I edit the photos to fit within or near the guidelines. I also write to the member who might not have been aware of the guidelines and try to encourage them to learn how to do the edits.

 

This morning, I was hoping to upload eight photos, and was bogged down by the first one, which was only 60 k. It never went, likely the line condition and perhaps my neighbors on the same line were burning up the phone line at that time. So, I went to town and am using a coffee cafe WiFi connection to do this work. I could not believe it how fast those eight photos loaded. Truly in a blink or two of my eyes. Such technology so possible to achieve nearby, but not possible where I live! I believe that the city would need to be transported to the country near me to make the phone company upgrade the line. Cable is not available where I live, and I fear the trees and the valley rim make satellite impossible, though I am exploring that potential.

 

I know that doing the photo edits makes work for each of you. With the digital image age, we all must learn to use its potential in our lives and adapt our digital images to suit the needs and end uses when we want to share images with others.

 

The Photography topic area has some pointers. If anyone knows of newer freeware for folks to down load, please make a note of it up there in the Photo area.

 

Thanks to you all for your help with keeping this forum a friendly and helpful place for everyone.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Janel

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Guest DFogg

How is your cell phone coverage? The new cards are pretty fast if you have the network.

 

Out in California I used Clearwire which is a radio based internet system. I know they are expanding rapidly especially in rural areas. It was fast, portable and inexpensive.

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Hi Don,

 

Thanks for the interesting option/opinion. We were just asking ourselves this question. Cell phone service is marginal in our house. We live in a valley, so have to search around the house for sketchy or non-existent reception which cuts out when traffic goes by on the road. Do you know if an antenna could be used on top of the house to catch and transfer the signal to a "box" in the house which could then be used like WiFi for the phones and card(s)? Also is there a bandwidth limit for a given time period? I use the internet a lot, with photo upload and downloading, and software updating, all are bandwidth hogs and could get me into service trouble in a hurry, not to mention the teenager who likes to watch whole programs via the internet when he is able to. Ouch. I remain hopeful that something will work out, but it seems pretty dismal for economical prospects.

 

Janel

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Guest DFogg

I don't have any experience with this and the cell phone company would be the best to advise you on what to do, but doing a quick search, I did come up with this Cell Phone Antenna

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Hi Don,

 

Thanks for the link, it sounds interesting.

 

I did speak with our cell phone provider, and found that the plan is expensive and is limited to 5 G per month. I'll bet our family would go over that before the month was out. I found the coverage map and where our house is located we really would need an antenna, mounted rather high on our house to miss the trees.

 

I called our land line phone provider, and spoke with a man who actually listened and responded to what I was saying. He put me on hold, and came back with a statement that in 6-8 months my location may actually have a "node" for DSL installed in a location that would include our residence in its range. That is very hopeful indeed. That means winter, so to my way of thinking it could also mean more like 9-12 months :( because if there is any ground work to be done, well it is Minnesota after all. The ground can get kind of hard after November... Signing on with any provider means an agreement of a year or two, so maybe we will limp along, and support the coffee WiFi cafes in our region until then. It may cost less in gas to go elsewhere than signing on to an expensive plan, but would be a waste of time being away from work that long.

 

Life goes on.

 

Janel

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