Stories by Joe Earle

Diary of a Free DSL User: Loved Speed, Ignored Ads

Suddenly, in the upper right corner of my monitor, a blue jean-covered butt appeared. No, I wasn't downloading risque' photos from the Web. In return for free high-speed Internet access through a DSL phone line, I had agreed to let a company called Winfire run ads on my desktop--and I was getting an eyeful. The New York Times offered to show me its world on the Web. Another advertiser urged me to "make money in minutes!" Others promised links to the friendliest of doctors or the sharkiest of lawyers. A new ad appeared every 15 to 30 seconds.

FreeDSL: Love the Speed, Ignore the Ads

Suddenly, in the upper right corner of my monitor, a blue jean-covered butt appeared. No, I wasn't downloading risqué photos from the Web. In return for free high-speed Internet access through a digital subscriber line, I'd agreed to let a California company run ads on my desktop, and I was getting an eyeful.

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