The evolution of the warp drive effect from the Star Trek movies, from the spectacular neon streak photography of The Motion Picture through the rather less awesome animated trails of the later TOS movies to the feeble CG of Nemesis, where they couldn’t even be bothered to include the ‘warp stretch’ effect. And what’s with those smoke trails? Has the Enterprise got a cracked manifold? *sigh*
Did you know? Unless you have a 3Mbps internet connection, you can't use Facebook. Without 12Mbps internet, you can't even email files! And just forget streaming video without at least 18Mbps internet. Welcome to the internet, according to AT&T.
Internode is well-regarded amongst serious tech users for its plans and customer service, but offers such a large range of plans that casual users might well be put off. The new Easy Broadband option costs $49.95, and involves pretty much a no-brainer installation with the fastest available speed from the exchange, and a 30GB data quota. The plan doesn’t include a standard hardware option, the notion being that users might well already have one.
The big catch, though, is that unlike most other Internode plans, the 30GB total includes uploads as well as downloads. Internode argues that this makes it easier to compare with Telstra and Optus, which both have the same approach. I still reckon it would be better not to endorse that kind of dodgy behaviour by emulating it.
Yet another reason I love Internode.
The deal pretty much goes like this: I’m paying $50/month for 1500/256 with 10GB downloads.
This easy broadband plan from Internode will change that to a minimum of 1500/256 (the plan itself offers the fastest speed available on the exchange), with 30GB “usage”, for the same price.
What’d that, you say? Uploads are counted against quota?
Meh, that’s fine – when my largest month in terms of uploads was the small side of 7GB, I’ll be getting an extra 13GB of downloads for free – and a possible speed upgrade to boot. Factor in the fact that I’m getting all this for the same price that I’m paying now, and you can see why this choice is a no-brainer – you’d have to be nuts to not take it 🙂
Now, if only Internode started building ADSL2+ on the Kingston exchange… 😉
Early reports say installation times are drastically improved. According to Mac review site TestMac.net, “Right off the bat, [Snow Leopard is] fast. Very fast. A clean installation took about 13 minutes from start to finish, which is a world of difference from the hour or so a clean 10.5 Leopard install takes.”
Mail is down to 91MB in size, whereas before it was 287MB. QuickTime is now 8MB instead of 29MB, TextEdit has been reduced from 22MB to 2MB and the Mac OS X Utility folder has dropped from 468MB to 111.6MB. Similar size reductions are reported in other OS X applications too.
Hmm – looks like Windows 7 is doing the same as Snow Leopard.
Cutting down on resouces, leaving out the bloat, increasing responsiveness and optimising the hell out of the code base, all while not really adding any new features.
Sounds like win to me.