AS I FINISH OUR first week of broadband access only over-the-air, I remember clearly the feeling I had while living in dial-up land less than three years ago. We rented a house in located seven miles from the nearest digital telephone exchange and that meant no DSL for the six months as tenants. Today, since our O2-Ireland 3G SIM cannot see the 3G mast located three miles from our home, we live on the EDGE network. That effectively means speeds similar to a 28.8 modem. With that being the best on offer, I have adjusted my data habits and reinstated procedures I learned as a dial-up customer.
1. Maximise text and remove images. Heavily-laden content slows down everything. I won't be tempted to browse web pages while limited in speed so to stay in touch, I live through email summaries from Zenark, Google Alerts on key phrases and my FreeNews subscriptions. When considered as a bundled aggregation service, these three tools work well. Moreoever, they are inexpensive when roaming because they provide more than 1000 individual items for less than a megabyte of data transfer.
2 . Visual uploads through applications. My Flickr photostream stays current because I can snap and send from my phone to my photostream by using Zonetag. My video uploads are just as easy. I run Qik for videos and that's a point and film option as well.
These services are elegant and low-cost since my O2 3G service is capped at no more than €30 a month. Based on my immersive experience of meager broadband service when in the hinterlands, I have become more vocal about the need to empower students and active citizens with free and open wifi. That remains another initiative, one I am following with James Corbett, with plans to make a specific category on this blog and a podcasting talking point for this important issue.
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