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    Re: Google Books
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2007 May 29, 16:19 -0400

    George H, you wrote:
    "To download the file he refers to would take me over 2 hours, not 15
    minutes."
    
    Ooops. You're right. I dropped that factor of 8. Two hours probably is close
    to the level where many lines drop the connection. In which case, reading
    through google books online really is a much better alternative, despite our
    pack-rat tendencies.
    
    I was thinking about it while I was walking around this afternoon... it's
    been literally ten years since I had a dial-up line as my main Internet
    access. But I do indeed remember the first time I needed to download an 80
    megabyte file on a dial-up line --back in 1996. It was a real nuisance.
    
    High-speed Internet changes EVERYTHING. Both because of speed, and because
    it's "always on". If you have money to spare, put it towards that before
    anything else. You'll see... It changes everything.
    
     -FER
    
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