July 22, 2010
Listening to Ted
Australia’s Next Generation Broadband topic has been in news and politics for some time. We often see old media TV interviews with man-in-the-street persons. Sometimes these seemingly arbitrarily chosen persons say it won’t affect them in their daily activities, sometimes nominated persons say there will be a revolution in school, business and so on. Paradoxically, with this supersized pipe into the Internet, Australian politicians also want to clamp down on the Internet. Put in family filters. Track which sites you have visited, in a parental and policing way. A lot to shock and awe the layman.
But how backward are you? Does the Internet figure in your life at all? Some people love to take out their Nokia phone circa 2000, with numbers and cosmetics rubbed off and tell the world – “Hah! I love being a Luddite – a phone is for the rare phone call, when I deem it necessary. I don’t need the Internet on my phone” Are you one of those?
Me? I’m having an off day and reflecting on what I do to enjoy my day. I listen to music – a thing I’ve done for many years, pre-Internet. I shoot photos – an activity much invigorated by the Web of interaction with like minded folk. I watch scraps of Old Media TV but really that’s for when I want to dull my brain and go to sleep, Doc Martin and Masterchef not withstanding. Old favourites like the cop shows, medical and House dramas – too much of the same is getting quite, quite disinteresting.
But TED on the Web – if you haven’t woken up to a reaching out of minds, hop on and envision with the thought makers. A nice way to use the Internet speed, bandwidth and quota.
Posted by Anandasim at July 22, 2010 09:02 PM
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Not sure about the NBN in the short term. Probably good for downloading large files forthe home this means music, video software and upgrades for commerce the application is endless.
However for your average surfing I find i spend most of my time waiting to connect. So unless business spends some serious money upgrading their servers most of my time will still be spent waiting.
I run an ADSL2 connection at about 1.8mb/sec and if booking an airline ticket or buying a book or online banking I spend the majority of the time waiting for the server. The actual data transfer time is minimal.
Posted by: bryan at July 22, 2010 11:18 PM