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An Open Letter To Arnold Zimmerman

To: Arnold Zimmerman
From: Me

Arnie! Do NOT do it!!!! If you take that step, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life. I don’t care what else you have to cut, or do without.. just don’t do that. Please!

Okay .. so, what am I talking about? And, who is Arnold Zimmerman?

Arnold was the MITS (Journalistic term = “man in the street”) quoted in an alarming article I read. His line,
I didn’t think I would ever go back,” said Zimmerman, 66, of Davenport, Fla. “It was terrible. But with this economy, you got to look to cut wherever you can.”

The “cut” referred to is going back to (shudder) dial-up. The article, Cost-conscious consumers downgrade from cable Internet to dial-up.


Sorry. That’s what happens every time I think of that..



Wow. I gotta stop, and think about.. kittens.. or something.


That’s just too scary. But if you want to read more, the Boston Herald article is here.

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March 28, 2009 - Posted by | Internet, News, tech


  1. Too funny!

    I could not imagine downgrading to dialup…

    My family lives in a location where syrup is faster than their dialup connection. So on occasions I get to experience torture…


    Comment by whatsonmypc | April 1, 2009 | Reply

    • For a very long while – back in the day – I lived in a “rural” area, at the very end of the maximum distance for being able to even get a dial-up connection.. and even with the latest and greatest 56K modem, my average download speed was 4 Kbps.
      Bits, not Bytes.

      Way back then, this was fairly common, and Web pages were designed largely as text-only, and images were deliberately kept to a minimum.. so surfing was irritating, but “do-able”.

      In today’s Web 2.0 age.. with animations, scripts, forms, sounds, and in some cases, video??? I’d like to have 10 Gbps fiber plugged right into my machine.


      Comment by techpaul | April 1, 2009 | Reply

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