Member Rara Avis
Hmm - well I don't know how much you care, but here's my op.
Dialup - SUCKS. Prehistoric! If you can get away from it - do so at ALL costs!!!
Cable - Good, fast speeds for downstream, fair upstream. The big drawback to Cable is that the more people who attach to the same line, the more your bandwidth decreases. While still much better than dialup - cable can become frustrating if you have a good amount of users on the same LAN line.
DSL - in my op, DSL is the best personal method of Internet connection. While it's downstream speeds are often capped depending on things like the age and condition of your phone lines, the distance from the hub, etc., they're still considerably better than the best dialup connection. FOr example, the lines in my house are old and I'm a good distance away, so they had to cap my line to reduce the problems caused by the varying capacitance... so I'm capped at 360kbps. Not too damn bad if you ask me! And, you can get up to 1.2mbps upstream (last I heard)... I don't wait. For example, if I want to download an Mp3 that's 4M, it takes me about two and a half minutes. When I had dialup, the same song would take me 35 minutes.
THEN, if you have the money and desire - go with a T3.