Archive for the 'Web' Category

Site Dust…

Been years since I updated things on this site. I thought I’d take a bit and get a new theme.

Pardon the dust for a bit while I work things out. Feel free to contact me if something on the site isn’t working and you need it to 🙂

AllMyBrain is Tweeting

I’ve succumbed to the Micro Blogging movement. I figure it’s a little easier to keep people posted on various topics by posting a tweet rather than adding a new blog post for small items of information or links. Fell free to follow @allmybrain. I added a Twitter widget to WordPress as well, which seems to work just fine.

Do we really need super-fast broadband?

Wouldn’t it be nice to download your favorite music track in just 11 seconds? Or a 60 minute TV show in just 1 minute 2 seconds? How about a High definition movie in just over 14 minutes? Is this ever possible? With 50Mb broadband, it is. Virgin Media currently has a 50Mb service that lets you download with speeds which we thought were possible only in our imagination. What it is about 50Mb Broadband anyway? Do we actually need it?

It is clear that the introduction of 50Mb broadband is the result of the ever increasing demand for online entertainment. Apart from the unbelievable download speeds, such broadband services take online gaming to a whole new level. When you can download a game is just under 2 minutes, what more can you ask for? For the hardcore gamer, 50Mb broadband will be a dream come true indeed! Why wouldn’t it be when he himself can host large games and play even the most complicated games without any visible glitches?

And as for online movies and streaming, an up to 50Mb service is more than just utilitarian, for you can stream HD content with almost zero buffering. Not just that, for large households where almost everyone wants a go at the Internet at the same time, an up to 50Mb broadband deal lets every user glide across the Internet through the same connection. When speeds of such order work wonders, one can imagine how a 160Mb broadband connection will perform. This is what 2.5 million Japanese customers have been enjoying for quite some time. Though Virgin media’s 50Mb deal appears to be a breakthrough, at least for the UK customers, it is gearing up for speeds between 100Mb and 150Mb by 2010.

Now do we actually need such super-fast broadband services? Why not, when we can get things done in the wink of an eye, when our homes can be equipped with business broadband speeds, when even the most elaborate virtual world can fly onto our home screen within seconds.

Fixing the code highlighter for WordPress

Many of my posts have some sort of code, shell script, or other syntax highlighted portion. I’ve loved the code highligher plugin for wordpress. The version I’ve been using (1.8) doesn’t seem to have had any updates for quite some time. The only reason that bothers me in the slightest is that there is a syntax highlighting bug in bash commenting. Since the highlighting for the plugin is done with Geshi, You can just download the latest Geshi and overwrite the plugin geshi folder.

> cd /your/wp/plugins/code-highligher
> wget
> # untar geshi files to the current directory
> # note that the archive file has a top level geshi directory that the plugin file doesn't have.
> # now, if I did this right, my bash comments can contain 'strings' and reserved words df, ls, etc

Finding the Best Mobile Broadband Service

Mobile broadband is an exciting, fairly new service that provides wireless Internet access virtually anywhere you can get a mobile phone signal. The service usually requires some sort of data stick or card and is a very reasonably priced service that is much easier than trying to find hot spots, Wi-Fi or an un-secure wireless network to tap into.

So how do you find the best mobile broadband service? First, decide what features you are looking for. Are you going to need lots of download space for songs and videos? If this is the case look for a package that gives you a large or better, unlimited download limit. If you just plan on using it for email and chatting you can go with a lower limit.

Most of us won’t settle for anything less than super fast Internet so again, consider what you’ll be using yours for. If it’s just email and chat you can get an average speed but if you’re a high load user you can go for a higher speed.

And of course always consider price. Compare broadband plans and see how they stack up. And don’t be afraid to tell one service provider you found a better deal somewhere else (even if the package you want is with them)! 

Finally, always double check if there are any hidden costs like charges for the USB key or card, setting up the service and charges if you exceed your download limit as well as contracts you may have to sign.

Internet on the go

I’m not very transient in my Internet usage, meaning that I use the Internet at home and at work, but not a lot while I’m traveling. On occasion however, I really wish I had a way to connect my laptop to the Internet somewhere where I don’t have a wireless connection. These days, getting on the 3G network is all the talk. 3G is the 3rd generation of wireless Internet. Japan was the 1st to provide it in 2001 and in October of 2003, Verizon became the 1st carrier. By June of 2007, the 200 millionth customer of 3G networks had signed up. In 2008, it’s growth continues. [1] I find it amazing the number of devices that come enabled with Internet access these days.

So what about my laptop? If you live in or around the UK, you might check these mobile broadband deals from Broadband Expert. In addition to providing mobile internet, the broadband expert site allows you to compare mobile broadband.

Clearly, Broadband Expert is on your side when it comes to providing mobile Internet. Instead of touting a solution and hiding the competition, they present you with as many carriers and prices as they have access to. You can sort by price, contract terms, etc to find which option best suites you. Then, whichever carrier you choose, you get a cool USB stick that plugs in to your machine and presto, 3G Internet speeds on your computer. As cool as the USB Internet access stick is, I’m also intrigued by the price. The T-Mobile solution is only £10/month (about $17.91/month) and the other solutions are listed at around £15/month (about $26.87/month). That really isn’t that bad for the data transfer rate offered.

Clearly T-Mobile operates beyond the borders of the UK. That being my current provider for cell-phone and VOIP, I thought I’d look directly at their offerings for Internet service. After browsing their site for available packages, I only found a reference to data cards with Internet access. They don’t appear to offer, as an accessory, a cool USB stick. In addition, their data plans were about $50/month. I may be wrong about this, but in the mean time, it appears you need to go to a 3rd party site like Broadband Expert in order to get the Internet plan for your laptop/computer.