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How Well Does Today's Internet Can Be Used With Speeds Of 56K to 1MB?
How today's internet use worked or not worked was something I  wanted to know recently too as it seem was the case in other recent articles online going around. So, I network speed shaped my own connection to 56K, 108K, 128K, 256K, 512K and 1MB in a symmetric D/U ratio. The answers are:

- 56K: Nothing works as it should. You can only browse with Lynx or a Mobile Browser emulation that will still be incredibly slow. Apps you can connect to? IM, IRC, E-mail, RSS (no photos) if you use an app for them.  No media content whatsoever can be streamed no matter how low the quality. You cannot upload anything as uploading now times out.
-108K: Same as with 56K. No difference.
- 128K: Same as with 56K. No difference.
256K: Same as with 56K, Only that for doing those same things now all feels fast.
512K: You can then browse with a mobile Browser emulation and have it to be bearable even with it loading the images. Browsing with a desktop browser is very slow but fine if you don't mind that websites will never stop loading or load up broken because of HD-ready image assets. You can only have 1 or 2 tabs open because of how some sites got updating content in them even if you don't see it.  You can now enjoy 240p quality YouTube videos with the Flash based player if you leave them to buffer for 30 seconds before starting to watch. What you can do normally in 3minutes will take you 15mins at this speed.
-1MB: Apparently the very minimum passable Internet speed for 2015 IF it is symmetric in its D/U ratio. You can now browse normally even if it will be slow and you can only really have up to 5 tabs open. You can do normal web based and app based SM, IM, IRC, RSS and E-mail.  YouTube in 360p is now possible. Even if it will still work better on the flash based player than the HTML5 one. 480p possible if you leave it buffering on the YouTube flash-based player for as much as it can buffer. 720p and up is of course most of the time impossible.  Soundclound, Deezer, Spotify, Grooveshark, etc are now perfectly usable too. You can also use your social networks and blog providers normally and even upload photos and audio to them normally. The same is true to any cloud storage provider. Even Netflix and Hulu work if you don't mind they giving an almost unwatchable video quality.  There is however internet usage still out of limits: PSN and Xbox Live. You would find they just connect and disconnect constantly.

Conclusions from this experiment?

Any internet speed below 5MB down - 1MB up  will not be enough to experience the apps and websites and supplemental internet use in your house the way they should be experienced.  And in this experiment I didn't even took in count the scenarios of a multi-user environment.. But needless to say bandwidth would be quite limited if there are more than 2 users at a time on a 5MB/1MB connection.

I think that the only positive thing from this experiment is that no matter how data heavy content, web sites and usage gets. The essential utilitarian uses for the internet still work as fine as they did 20 years ago.
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That sounds really good! I refuse to pay for TV, so have to go without those combo deals. Just very happy to be rid of the cable and phone company monopolies. I know $65 is cheap for 1GB, I just haven't yet found a case where 50M wasn't fast enough. I'm sure it will come one day soon... The nice thing is my fibre connection is symmetric, same upload and download speed.
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MSbuild Is Now Open Source
Another bold move in a series of bold moves from Microsoft as they continue to Open Source integral parts of .NET development and .NET itself.
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Rakuten Buys OverDrive
Makes all the sense in the world as a way to strengthen Kobo. And now there is really only two eReader and ebooks giants.  Amazon and Rakuten. Kindle and Kobo. In my case I prefer Kobo as you can actually load it with whatever you want.
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The Deadliest Catch meets Pacific Rim. I would watch it.
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Rakuten Starts Accepting Bitcoin
Starting with USA but it should extend elsewhere in time just like Overstock did. Rakuten also owns Buy.com, Play.com, ebates, Linkshare, Kobo, Viber and Viki so they are a HUGE deal. Recently they even also invested in Lyft . And if there is something that will force out Amazon's hand on giving Bitcoin a try even if they were to limit it to woot, is the fact that now 2 of their 4 competitors accept it.
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ProTip - Peer2Peer Tipping For The Web
An On-Blockchain Flattr-Like Service for Bitcoin Addresses is something I have wanted for 2 years. Which is why I was very supportive of Flattr back when they momentarily had some Bitcoin Support. But an app that allows you to keep things decentralized is a great idea and I wholeheartedly support it. 
http://my.protip.is/    http://igg.me/at/protip/x 
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Really shocked how low the minimum specs for Windows 10 Phones and Windows 10 tablets will be. Almost baffling.  No wonder they decided to keep 32-bits around. Otherwise they could had not been as low.  Now there is really no doubt Windows 10 will be able to run on almost anything.
Phones with screens up to 8 inches diagonally? Tablets as small as 7 inches? Microsoft sets some broad, overlapping spec ranges for mobile devices, especially Windows 10 for phones.
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SHENZHEN, China — March 18, 2015 — At the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit on Wednesday, Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows, Microsoft Corp., announced that Windows 10 will launch in 190 countries and 111 languages around the world this summer.
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I will be keeping a close eye on the release and what MSFT promises with W10. If that's the case, I will be upgrading my W7. If not, then no. Very simple.
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That is all kids. Just another face melting gaming session of Skyrim
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Turns out things in the past 2 years were way way worse than I thought at GigaOm. Shocking to now know that they had raised not $22M but $40M USD in total and that they were in the red for the last 2 years! What the hell they were doing with the money? http://recode.net/2015/03/14/the-long-story-behind-gigaoms-sudden-demise/ 
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I think that the new MacBook does crosses a line in terms of design extremism. It is truly Apple take on something like a chromebook pixel as it starts at $1299!
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