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Old 09-25-2007, 02:43 PM   #15
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david, the nextG system for internet connection is great domestically when connecting well, but does drop out too frequently from mine and friends experience. the roaming option cost overseas can be outrageous, check that cost very carefully if you plan to use it
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great thread, lots of good info...

As far as worrying about spam and such on a per mb plan is there any email aplet that anyone knows of/uses that lets you screen your email before accepting/downloading anything other than in line text? Seems like that would be an easy fix to the problem.... or am i missing something?
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Old 10-02-2007, 07:30 PM   #17
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I'm presently sitting among 8 or so other sailors at Doug's Harbor Reef Bar at Catalina using free high speed internet. Buffalo Milks and free internet with clear blue sky, slight cool breeze and good music playing...heavenly I tell ya!

If I could find a way to make money from the comfort of the internet, I'd live here and use the bar as my office

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AH... see... that's why I want to get this internet thing figured out... I do work from home and can take my work abroad... I just have to have reliable internet... at the moment I'm planning to set off on a fastrack course next march and hopefully buy a boat after that... the way it's looking I'll be confined to popular areas... which isn't bad... but it would be nice to take more extended cruises to more remote places... which is where satelite comes in... but I get a lot of spam and have to figure out a way to screen incoming emails.
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I have been using www.spamarrest.com VERY effectively for about 3 years now. I could not live without it.
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:21 PM   #20
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hmmm... my problem is a lot of the "spam" i get is from people I know passing around videos etc... so spamarrest wouldn't work for me... what I need is something that lets you see inline text but doesn't download ANY graphics or attachments unless you tell it to.
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talked to the tech guy at work...ends up outlook can block in-line graphics and doesn't download from the server till you tell it to... now i just need to play with its options and figure out how to set it up the best way.
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block in-line graphics and doesn't download from the server till you tell it to...
Check Firefox and Thunderbird
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Hello Atavist, Have a look at Mailwasher, it's a freeby that I use with fairly good results. It lists all emails waiting to be downloaded; you can bounce, delete or accept them for downloading with a friends and a blacklist file so that over time mailwasherautomatically finds and delete the repeat offenders sending spam. It may be what you want.

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It seems that when dealing with telecommunications companies in Australia, one must always suspect they are failing to tell prospective customers the whole truth. Sales people are paid commission and simply do not mention the lower priced options.

Research, both through Cruiser Log and cruising sailors, showed me there was a broadband internet wireless connection available which could be purchased on a casual, rather than contracted basis, and which could be varied, suspended and tailored to suit the users requirements.

When I first visited our biggest telecommunications supplier, the salesman denied such a product existed. I insisted. Ultimately he 'discovered' there was such a product. "Sign me up" says David, full of trust and admiration for the telco giant in which I am a shareholder.

So, I returned to my floating home and read the agreement.

2 years, with significant early release penalties!

Well, I'll be...and with a capital 'F', I thought. He must have made an innocent mistake. 10 non-returned phone calls later, a visit to the spotty little sod who made the 'con', threats of public exposure to the boss (I may be on my boat, but I am still a bankable journalist) and it was realised that "Yes, a regrettable mistake has been made".

The contract was cancelled without fee and I am now in possession of the tiny mobile phone sized plug-in modem, and have a casual, month-by-month fee which can be varied infinitely. The deal is I pay for the download size. $90 per month will give me the use of messenger services including voice and webcam for approx 6 hours per week, as well as managing my emails and allowing a generous amount of 'surfing' time.

Obviously I need to be within broadcast distance of a phone tower...but as time goes on, that is becoming less of an impediment.

I will report on the total reliability of the system as I progress.....

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PS...on a casual basis, the modem has to be bought outright and upfront for about $500.
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You have touched on a subject that really burns me - telecoms!

We have stayed out of the clutches of owning a cell/mobile phone for all these years but recently succumbed to the insistance of our children that we should own one of these things for our personal safety.

We bought a unit for about R900, with much difficulty, as the salesman spent an hour trying to sell us a contract. He eventually lost interest in us totally when I insisted on BUYING the unit and BUYING "pay-as-you-go" airtime.

The "contract" would give us the phone for FREE as well as a R2,500 shopping voucher for a large Homestore. DO THEY THINK WE'RE STUPID?



Thousands of people obviously fall for this - but not me! And, the telecoms companies always produce huge profits.

I hate them!

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hmmm... my problem is a lot of the "spam" i get is from people I know passing around videos etc... so spamarrest wouldn't work for me... what I need is something that lets you see inline text but doesn't download ANY graphics or attachments unless you tell it to.
If you use Outlook, go to Tools, Options, Security, Automatic Picture Download Settings
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Quite an interesting subject. I think that folks must look at their needs and what they classify themselves. It appears that the “live aboard” is generally looking for an on-demand broadband full internet connection whilst the “cruiser” is looking for email whilst at sea and an internet connection whilst in port.

I have “developed” my own needs as time goes on – being a ham I went with Winlink which offers me free email all over the world with the system developing to meet the continual demands of the users. The email via HF works well although it becomes a bit slow when in the mid Atlantic – but then the boat also slows down and we just go with the flow. When in port I find a Wi-Fi connection and use the Telnet module in the Airmail program. Then, when conditions are really bad, I can hook up the data cable on the Iridium phone and do a reasonably fast send and receive – this method is seldom used as it costs money whilst my objective is to keep costs to a minimum.

Nowadays I can find either a free or low cost Wi-Fi connection in most ports to do some surfing and software updates. I must admit that I have become quite good at doing this although most 10 year old kids will think I am a daft OF (Old Fart) and can “borrow” somebody’s unprotected connection far quicker than I can.

I think most cruisers think the way I do – email separated from the internet. Get on with life but stay in contact with a set list of family and friends via email. Let them know that they will be banned from your email contact list if they send you unsolicited attachments or the continual forwarded jokes.

And to finish off, I do have a cell phone on contract with my South African service provider with international roaming. It is also a G3/HSDPA modem. At home it is inexpensive for internet use but outside the borders of SA the costs are prohibitive. I have just done a firmware update on it and it is now also a Skype phone. Nice in SA and overseas when I have a broadband Wi-Fi connection as I can sit at a pub with a nice cold tin of that international brew and chat to family back home for free without having to lug my laptop around!
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Once you find a way to get onto the net, you can *probably* use skype or a similar product. Cuts your costs down a lot.

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