Getting laid off prompted me to upgrade my home internet access from dialup to dsl broadband (as I would no longer be able to surf the net at work). I have had dsl for a few weeks now and it of course is much nicer than dialup. I should have upgraded long ago. I tend to be behind the curve on this sort of thing, I didn't get a digital camera or replace my Windows 95 computer until just over a year ago. Staying away from the bleeding edge is fine but you don't want to overdo it.