Belgacom and Telenet are the major broadband providers in Belgium, and both are still upholding archaic bandwidth limitations for their users. This makes us Belgians look like 3rd world internauts and with more and more bandwidth gobbling sites like YouTube, Flickr, streaming radio or television becoming mainstream, it’s getting harder and harder to stay within those pesky limits.
However, here’s a little list I compiled just for those suffering from those ancient limitations, containing 7 handy tips and tricks to make sure you can keep your bandwidth usage in check:
Don’t install the Flash player. Most of those movie players are written in Flash you know, so if you can’t run those, there’s no way they will be using your precious bandwidth. Preciousssssssssssssssssss!
You’ll also get rid of that nasty auto-playing MySpace music by doing this, which is an added and welcome bonus!
If you’re listening to streaming radio, switch the channel off as soon as something is on that’s not 100% you liking. Yes, you can be a hardcore critic. Switching to a lower bitrate is also a valid option, and will certainly degrade your listening experience, but will squeeze out yet more bytes to spend on other, more important downloads. If you have crappy speakers anyway, 28kbps is the way to go!
Don’t download any games, movies or music. Have other people do that for you, and then tell them to copy all that stuff onto a portable USB drive.
Heck, this will also keep RIAA off your ass, since they can’t find your IP if you’re not online right? Sweet!
Using Flickr? Great! Just don’t look at the full quality and large pictures. Thumbnails are fine, I swear. If you put your screen in a low resolution, they will look a lot bigger too, so there’s no need to go for that wasteful 1280×1024 resolution!
Uploading pictures to Flickr? My God, you really like to spend those bytes don’t you? Here’s a tip though, downgrade all your pictures to 640×480 resolutions, and tag them with “cellphone”. Nobody will know the difference. Do put a big pic up now and then to brag about your expensive Nikon or Canon camera, but only on Sundays ok?
Torrents? Only if you really really have to remember (see tip 3), but if that’s the case, it’s leeching time! Figure out how to minimize your upload, and maximize your download by tweaking your Bittorrent software settings. As soon as your download is finished you kill that seed quicker than a fox.. on speed.. with a pepper up it’s arse! With bandwidth limits like that you are allowed to leech dammit!
The library is a great place to freeload. All those links to must-see YouTube video’s and whatever pictures are the new tubgirl or goatse of t3h intahnet are excellent to watch on other peoples machines. Cybercafés work as well, or what the heck, you can even watch some of that stuff at work during your lunch break if you’re lucky.
That way you don’t have to feel left out when your buds are talking about that girl doing that thing with the vegetables and the horse while drinking a beer in the pub. Nice!
So, until those limits are lifted you can use these great tips for prolonged surfing “pleasure”.
It might not be worth it any more though, but you can’t have it all right. Not in Belgium.
Yes. It’s that time again.
We have been too busy screwing around with all sorts of everything and nothing much that we didn’t have time to spend on a proper blog post. So we end up posting a bunch of links to nifty sites that we’ve come across in the past few days. Or weeks. Or time…
There’s a bit of everything, so let’s get down to it shall we?
www.mp3-spider.com : I came across this one while looking for mp3 dj sets using Gooogle. I have no idea who runs this, but apparently it contains a huge, and I mean HUGE database of music previews. Search by artist or genre and you’ll probably find that CD you’re looking for in 64k preview mp3 format. Nice if there are no samples online for that CD you’re willing to buy. Yes, you should buy CDs from artist you dig. So they don’t starve to death, the poor sods.
DNAStream : This is the web-rip off of the Joost internet TV app. I have to say that I haven’t really been using Joost too much since I tried it out in the beginning. For some reason I tend to watch TV on the TV and not while I’m sitting in front of my PC. You mileage may vary however, so if you dig it, you can now do it without having to install the client software. It even works through firewalls. Yes. Watching TV at work is now an option. Getting fired as well.
This Bioshock game review is probably the funniest game review I’ve ever heard. That’s not too hard really because I’ve never heard a game review before. I usually read them, and then still, I hardly read game reviews anyway so there isn’t much competition. But this one is really funny. Check it if you have a few minutes to spare.
Just found out about Jottit (via lifehacker) and I have to say it looks so sweet I’m dying to set something up with it.
There’s no need to register (very nice) just to toy around with it either. If you want to stop others from screwing around in your pages you might want to claim your site though, for which you’ll need to use your email address. But as long as you don’t link to it, all you need to do is save the URL that is automatically created for you and you’ll have your new site always at hand.
The layout possibilities are minimal, but it makes the sites look slick. No hideous myspace effects thank you very much. It also allows for an open structure, meaning you can allow visitors of the site to make edits, and thus creating a true wiki of your own.
I was looking back at some of my posts and had to laugh again at the Mac vs PC parody I mentioned earlier. That gamer video for instance is so funny because it turns the whole “Mac is so much cooler than PC” thing upside down.
Mac is basically selling an image, and not just a computer. You see that with all their products, and props for that.
It just surprises me sometimes how passionate people get sometimes over their Apple hardware when I see yet another snapshot of an iPhone or iPod with laser engravings posted on Flickr.
“You are not your iPod” Tyler Durden would say.
The Mac zealots are raging in the comments of the following two fun and pretty good (imho) “Mac sucks” videos on Youtube as well. You’ve probably seen this one before, where the so called video editor goes off in a fit as he describes his frustration with Mac. A lot of those arguments could go perfectly for crashing Windows systems as well though, but it’s still pretty damn funny anyway.
The other vid looks like it’s made in second life oslt, follows the typical Mac vs PC format, and gets quite funny near the end.
Anyway, enjoy, have a laugh, and let’s note take these kind of thing too seriously shall we?
You probably had these in your email as well, the so called Nigerian 419 scams and deleted them right away thinking nobody could ever fall for that kind of scam.
Well, the shitty part is that people fall for them every day. That’s the only reason why they are still around. So sometimes I think of just starting to reply to this scammer in question and send him on a wild goose chaise for that Yankee dollar he’s so after. Go figure, and I’m not even a Yankee!
Some people have however executed this thought, and have spend their time scamming the scammer in all sort of hilarious and rather entertaining ways if I may say so.
If you feel like killing some time and see how these scammers’ persistence gets them to pose in pictures holding rude (and therefore quite funny) signs to be posted on the internet, then my all means go all clicky-clicky on the two folling links.
Ok, here are some links I’ve come across recently that I found worth sharing. I’m not into posting lots of “link only” posts, since I find those to be a bit blog polluting, but I’ll make an exception now and then. It’s also an easy way to get a post out. I know, hehe.
Rebekka, who you could call a VIP on Flickr, has recently been the target of copyright infringement. She posted about it on Flickr, but they made a bad call and deleted her posts, and with that all comments made by other users.
Not a very nice thing to do, but they sort of fixed that now.
Lots of related posts for this, but it all starts here.
What is breakcore? Find out all about it in this video documentary featuring the most popular breakcore artists currently breaking their beats. Bigup the wood crew btw. Damn right they had to be in there.
Don’t follow this link if you want to get some work done. It’s too damn addictive. They should outlaw flash games like this. Desktop Tower Defender is dangerous for your productivity. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!