Broadband Britain arrives. At my house.
In 2003 I set myself the new year's resolution of having broadband installed by the end of January. A mere 13 months late I finally got my connection up and running this weekend...and was, to be honest, slightly underwhelmed.
Firstly, my creaky old home PC resolutely fails to boot if there is a USB modem attached to it - thus the much vaunted "always on-ness" isn't quite happening here.
Secondly, I now have yet another e-mail address. I can barely keep up with the mail I receive now unless it is sent to my work account - as anyone who has mailed me at currybet.net will testify. One of my main previous ISP related addresses, which is still very much in use, requires me to be dialled in via their lines to pick my mail up, which means disconnecting from broadband and re-entering the dial-up world...
...and finally, it gradually dawned on me during the course of the day that the internet experience at home with broadband didn't add up to a great deal more than the internet experience I have in the office. Except still slightly slower.