Thursday, March 31, 2011

Listening, Reading and Wowee!!! Fast internet

One of the benefits of our new higher powered internet connection is that I'm now able to download huge files without suffering what we semi-humorously used to refer to as 'internet jail.'  Our old satellite connection, while certainly faster than dial-up, was subject to limitations on how much we could download in a given 24 hr period, so unless we wanted to stay up all night and do our downloads from 2am to 7am, we had to be very careful, or (as we often did) jump in the car to sit in the library parking lot to do our downloads over the library's WIFI.  Otherwise, we found ourselves at the end of the satellite queue for 24 hours begging to get the speed back up. Many a nasty word was uttered in the Tutu household when that occurred.

So when the phone company called and told us that they had finally gotten the DSL available to our little pocket here in the woods we said YES YES YES and hook it up NOW.  Not only is it faster, but it is cheaper, so I treated myself to a membership in, and as a bonus got a free download.

I used my bonus to download one of my favorite all time audios-- the montrously long (over 60 glorious hours) Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George . So this particular book will be showing on the sidebar as "currently reading" for quite awhile to come.  It's my comfort story-- the one I can listen to when I'm not ready to settle down and stay focused on an involved plot, or my eyes are tired, or I'm sewing.  It's a great story, well written, well-researched, and a fine example of historical fiction-- one of my favorite genres.  After finishing Stacy Schiff's biography of Cleopatra last week, I decided I really wanted to re-read this one.  I had read it years ago when it first came out, and I found myself hearing Schiff's story in Cleopatra's voice.

So.....please don't think I've forgotten to change the sidebar.  It truly reflects works I am currently reading in all formats.  I hope yours are all as enjoyable as mine.


  1. Congrats on your new, speedy downloading capabilities! And thanks for the info about your "comfort book" (I loved that, I think Mrs. Pollifax may be one of mine). I haven't read Memoirs of Cleopatra so will have to take a look!

  2. So jealous! We only have the satellite option for internet out where I live. I'm beginning to think we'll never see the world of cable/DSL speeds.

  3. You sound like I did when they finally got DSL service to our country road. I was so sick of being booted off of my dial-up service. Now my problem is that I really need a new computer. It never ends.


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