Some Thoughts on Broadband Speeds in the WFH Age

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A speed test result.

ISPs suck. They’re designed to. The A in ADSL stands for “Asymmetric”. That is, your download speed is faster than your upload speed. This makes sense for most domestic purposes. Most people suck down a lot more than they push up. But we’ve now entered the (permanent?) work-from-home era. If you’re anything like me, you’re…

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Netizens or Webizens?

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Screenshot from a Guardian article about Chinese Webizens.

Way back in the 1990s, the word “Netizen” was coined. I always took it to mean “someone who lives on the Internet”. In modern times, the neologism has been superseded with “webizen”. I find this an interesting development. It is well known that people often confused the Net with the Web. Hence the need for…

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What’s the fastest legal use of the Internet?

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I rediscovered an curious Tweet from 2012: Interesting that Arqiva point out that fastest legal use of Internet probably only requires 2.5MBPs. Reliability key #commsreview — adam kinsley (@adamkinsley) July 4, 2012 That was a reasonable – if incorrect – assumption at the start of the decade. Streaming TV was in its infancy, and it…

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The commons we’ve enclosed

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Unix is user-friendly — it's just choosy about who its friends are.

I, unironically, love Reddit. But it’s just USENET with a better UI, and a few moderation improvements. Most days I use DropBox. But it’s just FTP, but a bit easier to use and automate. I waste a lot of time on Slack. When I explain it to old-school nerds, I say it’s IRC – but…

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How much would it cost to buy every domain name?

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Glowing computer text showing dot com dot info etc.

The ridiculous proliferation of TLDs (Top Level Domains) continues unabated. I wondered how much you’d have to spend to secure your name on every TLD. tl;dr;tld Over $300,000! (Roughly €280.000 / £245,000.) But… This estimate is pretty rough. A few caveats: This only covers one version of your domain name – it doesn’t cover misspellings.…

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Can I own my identity on the Internet?

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The ultra secure messaging app, Signal, requires a mobile phone number in order to sign up to it. This, as my friend Tom Morris, points out, is madness. People don’t own mobile phone numbers. They are rented from mobile operators. Yes, you may be able to move “your” number between a limited set of providers…

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Building an Internet Connected Fridge

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The Internet Fridge is a standing joke among technologists. I was writing about them in 2002, and they still haven’t appeared! So I’m going to show you how I built one. Stop giggling at the back! All I want is for my fridge to notify me if the door has been left over for more…

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What Is "Internet Use"?

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A former advisor to the Prime Minister was recently convicted on charges of downloading indecent images of underage girls. I don’t want to go into detail about whether or not his punishment is adequate, but I would like to talk about this curious remark made by the Judge during his sentencing: beginning today and lasting…

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Wildcard Email Domains and New TLDs

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Nominet has, after much prevaricating, launched its latest money grubbing venture plan to revolutionise the UK Internet industry. Rather than having fusty old or businesses can go straight for – Mind = BLOWN! There are, of course, some obvious downsides to this plan. It’s always been the case that people could register…

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The Gun That Fits On A Floppy Disk

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The 3D printed gun is now a reality. I don’t have access to a 3D printer – but I’ve downloaded the plans out of morbid curiosity. While downloading the blueprints may not be illegal, any UK citizen who made and owned such a handgun could face arrest, according to the UK’s Metropolitan Police. BBC News…

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