Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Search Engines and Directories

Q: How much does it cost to get high speed Internet service in the Austin area?

A: Knowing that there are many Internet service providers in the Austin area, I thought it was best to find a web site that would compare prices. I googled 'compare high speed Internet Austin, Tx'. About the 4th option down was a link that said 'Austin High Speed Internet Providers', so I clicked on it. It took me to a web site called It gave me a list of deals, the lowest priced one being with the company Centurylink for $29.95/mo and the highest being with Clear for $45.00/mo. I know, from experience, that neither of these companies provide very fast, reliable service, so I went back to google and checked the price of 'Roadrunner' by Time Warner Cable. After entering my zip code and address, the Time Warner web site offered me the price of $45.00/mo for cable Internet.

As for the video we watched in class, I was surprised to find out that the Internet was starting to be invented in the 1950's, but was put on the back burner to concentrate on space exploration research. If they had known what a money maker the Internet would end up being, I'm sure they would have paid a little more attention to it! Shoulda, woulda, coulda...

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