Monitor Your Monthly Bandwidth

April 1, 2009

A few months ago, it occured to me that I had been downloading quite a bit. Since I don’t watch cable TV very much, I get most of my entertainment content online, which means I’m using up more bandwidth. I live in Canada and my ISP is Shaw Cable, and with their Xtreme-I package, only offer 100GB a month. That’s tough for me to hit on my own, but with three other housemates, it’s easy, so having a tool to monitor my own usage gives me peace of mind.

I found a free tool called NetLimiter. It has everything I could possibly need and more. You can monitor your daily, monthly, and even yearly usage, in KB, MB, and GB units. and even monitors the real-time bandwidth of every application running.

There are paid verions of the program available, but the NetLimiter 2 Monitor, which is the full name, is completely free.




How to Start a Blog

July 29, 2008

There are many FREE websites that offer the ability to start a basic blog, be it for personal use to let friends and family know what you’re up to, or for professional use, to help get your company coverage online.

Here are a few websites that are very easy to use, and require no knowledge of programming or coding…

MULTIPLY.COM-Multiply makes it easy to create, share and discuss your blog, photos, and videos with more of the people you know, and fewer of the people you don’t.

VOX.COM. Done by TypePad, but free. Has three levels of privacy – public, friends, and family. Take the tours of all the new ones and see which one you like.

BLOGGER – A blog is your easy-to-use web site, where you can quickly post thoughts, interact with people, and more. All for FREE.

WORDPRESS (the gold standard). And all of these are template driven so all you need to concentrate on is content.

WINDOWS LIVE SPACES – Microsoft’s blogging and Social Networking platform. The site was originally released in early 2004 under the MSN Spaces name to compete with other social networking sites. Windows Live Spaces received an estimated 27 million (27,000,000) unique visitors per month as of August 2007.

Uploading a webpage to a website

March 3, 2007

Links are getting broken when she moves the site from one her home computer to her website host. The problem is that links are relative to a page. Meaning, the images are currently pointing to the source images on the home computer. They need to be pointing to duplicate copies of the images that should be hosted on her website provider’s web space. Once that’s done, re-upload the pages, and when you load the page in a web browser, the images should work.

How Does Google Work?

January 9, 2007

That’s easy – they track you! To receive any application from Google, they make you register. This can come at an advantage. With your account, they can save your recent searches. In theory, they can outline a general image of your information. To list websites, they use “spiders” that constantly scour the Internet going through links on the web. If you have a website and look at your logs, you’ll all the search engines tracking the site.


Internet Speeds

September 18, 2006

Ethernet comes in three flavors: 10 megabit, 100 megabit, and gigabit. That’s geek speak for 10 million bits per second, 100 million bits per second, and one billion bits per second. In all three cases the actual speed is more like 60 to 70 percent of the maximum speed.

The most common form of Ethernet, 10 megabit, offers actual throughput of six to seven megabits. USB 1.1 tops out at 12 megabits. It’s nominally faster than generic Ethernet. For sharing Internet access either is fine, since even the fastest broadband connection never exceeds one or two megabits per second.

On the other hand, if you’re shipping large files from computer to computer inside your network you might want a faster connection such as 100 megabit or gigabit Ethernet.

Companies have introduced USB 2.0 network adapters that are theoretically much faster. USB 2.0 is nominally capable of 480 megabits per second. However, this isn’t the actual speed in real world conditions.

Blocked images on the internet

September 18, 2006

Possible Workarounds:

1. You can use SHIFT+F10 or the “context menu” button on your keyboard to bypass blocking before.                           2. left click to select and hold it, tap Windows+D to bring up your desktop, then drop the object anywhere.                       3. try viewing the source for the Web page to find the direct URL for the image.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security when you try to “block that kick.”
If you don’t want your images to be copied or duplicated, don’t post them on the internet!

Finding bandwidth

September 7, 2006

The two biggest challenges for IP broadcasters are marketing and bandwidth. Some places you can get free bandwidth include:
Our Media []
Google Video  []

These sites require you upload your video to them, but they offer a way for people to find your content. You can reduce bandwidth costs by Coralizing your content. This requires a simple change to your links, and works very well until you start becoming very popular.
Coral []

If you’re doing hundreds of gigabytes a day you’re probably popular enough to use BitTorrent []. I use the Blog Torrent software which is easy to install and use.