Scripting News for 6/2/2007

When in Rome 

Arrived safely in Rome, in the cab on the way to the hotel I saw just the slightest glimpse of the ancient places. Can’t wait to see them up close, but first I have to eat, then rest. I got a cold in Copenhagen and I’m all clogged up. Health comes first, excitement second!

Here’s the obligatory net performance test, coming through Telecom Italia wifi at 15 Euros per day, 40 per week.

I’m testing it with servers in the U.S. but the results on European servers are suspiciously similar.

Note the asymmetry — is uploading really faster?

Not sure since I don’t upload very huge things that often, but I do download huge things like podcasts.

Flickr: Room service.

Amateur is sexier 

NY Times: “Inexpensive digital technology has paved the way for aspiring amateur pornographers.”

The Internet disintermediates everything it touches.

It’s more interesting because it’s real.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Wes Felter on June 2, 2007 at 9:27 am

    Dave, I find that uploading really is faster than downloading at many conferences and hotels, because everyone else is downloading but nobody is uploading, thus there is more available bandwidth on the upload side. Sorta like driving against traffic during rush hour.

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  2. Posted by Ben Greenfield on June 2, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    I had an experience with Swisscom EuroSpot where they charged a daily rate but would cut off service if I used too much bandwidth.

    The up and down speed of internet access is interesting, they may cut you off if you use too much too fast.

    Holiday Inn Wolfsburg City Centre
    Welcome to the Swisscom Eurospot Onlineshop
    Hotspot
    High speed Internet access 1/2 hour € 4.50
    This session provides continuous Internet access for 30 minutes from
    first login. Unused time is not carried over. This access is available
    only in the lobby. For the convenience and reliability of this service -
    the data volume transfer has been limited to a maximum of 50 megabytes.
    NOTE: Access is restricted for use on one laptop only and can not be
    passed between devices.
    High speed Internet access 2 hours € 9.50
    This session provides continuous Internet access for 2 hours from first
    login. Unused time is not carried over. This access is available only in
    the lobby. For the convenience and reliability of this service – the
    data volume transfer has been limited to a maximum of 150 megabytes.
    NOTE: Access is restricted for use on one laptop only and can not be
    passed between devices.
    High speed Internet access 24 hours € 29.00
    This session provides continuous Internet access for 24 hours from first
    login. Unused time is not carried over. For the convenience and
    reliability of this service – the data volume transfer has been limited
    to a maximum of 400 megabytes.
    NOTE: Access is restricted for use on one laptop only and can not be
    passed between devices.
    High speed Internet access 7 days € 99.00
    This session provides continuous Internet access for 7 days from first
    login. Unused time is not carried over. This access is valid in the
    guest room and in the lobby of this location. For the convenience and
    reliability of this service – the data volume transfer has been limited
    to a maximum of 1.5 gigabytes.
    NOTE: Access is restricted for use on one laptop only and can not be
    passed between devices.

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  3. Consider taking advantage of the upload opportunities in Rome by making two 15 second quicktime movies for BBN of yourself suitable for public mashing.

    BetterBadNews could use a short video clip of you wrapped in your hotel bed sheet looking like a roman citizen wearing a toga.

    SCENE: Roman citizen (Dave winer) in toga in a hotel room sitting.
    CAMERA: Medium shot
    ACTION : Without uttering a word look straight into the camera lens (medium shot upper torso) and begin to extend your arm forward and fully out-streathed. keep your hand in a fist with your thumb extended horizontally so that the frame now sees only your fist in an extreme close up thumb with your thumb extended to the left or right. Leave a little room at the top of the frame to capture your thumb as you gently twist your arm causing your thumb to point upwards ) (15 to 20 seconds approx)

    Repeat the same gesture but leave a little room at the bottom of the frame to capture the moment when your arm twists downward making your thumb point down) BBN wants to include the video in an upcoming episode on the history of digital voting.

    If the images are clear enough you could also consider replacing the arrow up /arrow down graphic that you are currently using to indicate bandwidth speeds and instead use extreme closeups of your thumbs pointing up and down.

    thanks,

    gc

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