For years I haven't done anything that needed a credit card online because I don't have a credit card. I use debit and cash for most purchases, cheques for rent and it's all been good really. Once I finally got the new computer to accept Office 2003 (the AutoPlay was the trouble BTW) and got Photoshop 7 installed, I used my external HD (No cable needed after all...) to transfer all my settings and programs over and now all I need is the high speed internet and my journey into the new millenium is complete.
There lay the trouble. In order to even order the setup for the high speed through my ISP, I needed a credit card. I have no credit card so I couldn't order. Vicious circle.
So, hopeful but ready to be crushed, I called the ISP customer service line and waited on hold for ten minutes to talk to a person. The lady on the end of the line was helpful, confirmed my account (something the online system still has issues with) and then solved my problem for me with three words.
Prepaid Visa Card.
I went out and got groceries, picked up a prepaid card, came home and ordered my high speed. I'm all set up for visit by the installer next Friday between 1600 and 2000 and with a little luck, that will be that. This gives me a week to clean up the new system. The easy transfer process sent stuff I really didn't need over to the new one and that all has to go.