Saturday, May 1, 2010

Wasted Bandwidth

On Thursday evening number one daughter came over for a visit, and for Mummy to upload more music off her external hard drive. While she was here we watched, for the first time ever, TV on Demand. Two episodes of Trinny and Susannah Makeover America to be exact. Funny that.

I felt a bit naughty using up bandwidth, as you know streaming video and audio is bad bad bad, but as I have 10gig to play with I thought I should use some. Also, we wanted to see how much the two episodes used, to see if she can watch tv online at her hostel and stay within her mb limit.

The next day I checked my meter and found I was almost out of bandwidth for the month, and NOT from the 350mb of online watching. Someone last weekend used 1.5gig of data in one day, plus there were other 1gig days during the month. I knew it wasn't me as the boy was in town and I was otherwise occupied. It wasn't the child as her pc is so archaic she can't even watch youtube let alone streaming anything, so I questioned the flatmate.

It turns out she was listening to streaming audio podcasts from - wait for it - National Radio. OMG, vast amounts of bandwidth wasted on Kim Hill! Fuk me, she's hot, but not That Hot!

Needless to say flatmate won't be doing that again.  I am now going to make a concerted effort to use up my full quota of bandwidth in future. Have only been averaging 3 - 5 gig a month, that is all going to change. Though of course now need a remote mouse so I don't have to leave the couch once the laptop is patched into the big screen. Sigh, so many gadgets needed to keep up with technology.

8 comments:

donnasoowho said...

Yeah you need to start doing some serious downloading. We went from 6G a month to 90G... and now I don't know how we ever survived? Nice handbag btw too. The interior matches my dress!

unPC lesbian said...

OMG 90G...that's ENORMOUS.....

brenda said...

Oh FFS get with it - at least 40Gb or your month's just all about watching GBs - and how much fun is that going to be!

unPC lesbian said...

aaaarrrggghhhh, that is cruel woman - you just KNOW I am going to get hooked into tv online. Damn you!!

But do admit, listening to National Radio podcasts is a tragic waste of GB's!

Rob said...

Wow they must do it differently over there! Here in the states we get unlimited. I have cable modem from my cable company. I never see how much we do but I am sure it's alot! Thank god for unlimited over here....but you are correct that HUGH!!!!!

unPC lesbian said...

Yes, another friend based in the US has also kindly informed me of the no data cap system. I see now why new arrivals to this country moan so much about the internet.

AND...I won't even touch on cellphone charges here, you'll have apoplexy!

Cactus Kate said...

Unlimited broadband off a USB stick costs around $NZ40 a month in Hong Kong. And it's faster than the speed you have in NZ.

And Brenda must watch porn.

Haha

unPC lesbian said...

Yet another reason for living offshore, along with todays tax saga.....and I think Brenda probably watches the fruits of her day job online....not much porn in TVNZ archives!

 
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