I haven't signed up for cable or DSL yet. This is mostly because my apartment has excellent line-of-sight with several residential buildings. There's enough wifi out there to seriously entertain thoughts of saving 35 dollars a month on having a dedicated connection.
However, I've learned first hand that saving money on something doesn't necessarily increase its overall value-- Which leads me to a short tour of my new "office":
Let's start with my wireless antenna. It's poked through a hole in the screen. Since the cord has to run through the window, I can't close it completely, which makes the room colder. The blue masking tape is to hold it in place in case of a gust of wind blows it open.
The other end of the cord runs to my computer, which, because of a power supply failure a year ago, now occupies a blue plastic storage container. I didn't feel like buying a shuttle-branded PSU for five times as much simply to keep the case in tact.
The rest of my computer is on the floor because I don't have a desk yet.
When I have guests over, I share the bootleg signal to my broken-down laptop (which has neither working speakers, fans, expansion RAM slots, or batteries) via ethernet, which in turn shares it over a wireless network called "The World's Most Ghetto Internet".
I mean, I'd get a job and buy some new equipment, but I'm almost proud of how terrible it is at this point.