I was told to buy a modem, so I went to WalMart and bought the Centurylink version requested. I only knew of one and only one modem to buy. Using the internet was unknown, I slowly learned that I could search for programs to download like Paleo-Hebrew fonts and likewise learned that I had to choose the correct site to get the desired result because viruses occurred by selecting the fake site. For the most part my computer was mainly still used as a Word Processor retyping all my previous materials. It took awhile to learn there were USB's that replaced floppy discs. My genealogy was all corrupted files, so I thought I had to start all over again until I learned that there was a site called Family Search, but it did not have all of the new information I had collected a decade before, so I began again. I learned about Social Media and was directed how to use Facebook. I got up to 1000 friends from all over the world, but only a couple would communicate with me on a regular basis. There was some kind of hacking incident and was denied access to Facebook until I could identify my friends, which I couldn't. I learned that Facebook disallowed obtaining connections with people you don't know plus there was a friend cap limit of 5000 friends. So frustrated with the whole concept I dropped all my "friends". I would later figure out that I could open an Author Page on Facebook and then later buy advertising for my posts and acquired 2000 likes from strangers in Egypt. No one communicates through Facebook so I no longer use it for communication and only post to my Author Page only because this Weebly Website gives me the option to post there. Weebly was a learning process, I'm still trying to figure out how to use it. I cannot find a user manual and I'm clueless what a "Flicker Badge" is or how to use the "Embed Code" function for examples. In September I finally upgraded so I could upload Videos and Audio which I then learned about the Net Neutrality that was started in 2015.
In 2015 I obtained enough money to publish one book through Outskirts Press all online. A decade ago Barnes & Noble books was toying with the idea of online book service, but couldn't get it off the ground back then. Then I bought a laptop and found a video making download which I eventually connected with YouTube to upload my videos too. No one really wants to watch my videos and only one of them has finally surpassed 1000 views. At my wedding reception I was introduced to an old friend's husband who worked for Amazon publishing and heard him talk about publishing books through Createspace the then Amazon publishing company. All my books could be published for free and be bought from all over the world where Amazon was allowed to be sold. It was a dream come true and I now have 302 books published. I then learned about Kindle publishing but soon learned it can't handle ancient language fonts, or maybe I just don't know the trick, again no User Manual. Then I found out about ACX to turn my books into audiobooks, but learned no one wanted to do my bigger books and of course my ancient language books were useless. I tried to hire translators to make my publications available in other languages, but there have been no takers, so I still rarely get into the foreign language countries available to Amazon. Amazon gets me by far the largest amount of views than any other internet medium, but I want to give away my knowledge rather than charging people for it, thus my Amazon pricing are the lowest they allow me to go. There's Amazon's Video Direct publishing, but I haven't been able to figure out how to work it, no user manual.
With the Windows upgrade to Windows 10 my computer became obsolete forcing me to buy a new computer. Now they have these things called APPS in place of downloads, so that if I don't have internet service I cannot access the APPS, not cool. The one thing I learned is that the change to digital over analog was to prevent people from recording TV and recently made the connection that it was also to prevent internet downloading, which is why this new Streaming service is replacing regular digital. Now the internet won't allow you to obtain a physical copy of media like I did with Video Tapes and Amazon is going Streaming, not longer offering Disc copies of media. Not cool. I want hard copies of media to watch if the internet is unavailable. Our government in cooperation with Big Business and News are preventing us from documenting what is going on because everything is available to view and read online such that with a collapse of the internet will be a collapse of information not just media. And with online stores destroying physical stores that are still dropping like flies after the 2008 crash I'm predicting that this is all intentional to prevent us from having access to goods and services with an internet crash. I buy Levi's 505's which is only available now at a Super Smith's in a physical location which is an hours traveling distance for me and then there is no guarantee they would have my unique size. So do you see my concern.
When I upgraded my Weebly site I was unable to upload videos because I later learned I was being throttled down by Centurylink. They had been advertising a Price For Life campaign and I didn't make the connection until last week when I inquired about whether it would be financially worth my time. There were 3 packages to choose from with a 4th coming soon each having a different rate of speed. I made the connection to Net Neutrality. Centurylink was jumping the gun ahead of yesterday's vote in violation of Net Neutrality. The Customer Service rep I chatted with pretended not to know anything about Net Neutrality and then went on to offer me the Direct TV package deal claiming I could get $100 for signing up but learned there is no Price For Life program for that service that my cost would continuously rise though I was assured Direct TV would offer discounts. I passed, but upgraded my service to the middle speed package since it was cheaper then what I was paying at the apparently lower speed I had, but had to purchase an upgraded modem that could only be installed by their technician so my first bill will be almost $400. I do notice a recognizable difference in speed so I'm a bit upset with Centurylink as you can imagine.
There are forecasts of great concern for our future and Trump is single handedly enhancing those concerns at a very rapid pace.