In this day of highspeed fiber-optic data networks, there are still people who have no viable way to access the internet, other than using the accursed Dial-up service. I am one of them. My parent's house is too far out for companies like Embarq to consider providing DSL to the residents of my road.
As if that wasn't bad enough, I also own a Xbox 360. 80% of the awesomeness that makes up this console comes from online function, and with the lack of higher-speed internet, you won't get to enjoy that 80 percent.
....well, maybe 60% of the fun. I can help you get to 20% of it though. By making your PC share it's dialup connection with your Xbox 360 (or pretty much anything else with a Ethernet jack), you can access Live.
EDIT 04/22/2008: I just got done talking to a friend on the headset, it was perfect aside from some skipping. Sweet!
It seems I've made the news sites as well.http://gizmodo.com/381808/experience-the-joys-of-constant-lag-with-xbox-live-on-dial+uphttp://www.dcemu.co.uk/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=106515http://kotaku.com/381902/xbox-live-on-dial+up-is-no-fun-for-anybody
But G4 had to be an ass about it:http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/684747/Run_Xbox_360_on_DialUp.html
So this is my comment to them, as posted on the article's page:
Hey all, I'm Dr.Professor from Instructables.
If you had gotten your facts straight and read the last step of the tutorial, "Whatcha Can and Can't Do", you would have read that this isn't meant for multiplayer. It's for the guys and girls who want that DivX update most among other ones, who want to put their gamerscore online or who want to chat with people on their friends list.
Libel hurts. If this got on TV along with the "stupid and useless" part, then I believe you owe my parents and me 6 months of satellite internet, along with the 300 dollar setup cost.
I did this for people with no easy/cheap alternative, and you guys managed to turn it into a PS3 vs. 360 argument splattered with a few hateful comments. If you don't think I'm the author, check the front page of the tutorial. I've edited this letter into the front as a disclaimer for any new visitors.
Sincerely a tad pissed,
-Jake "Biggs" Turner