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How much internet speed do you need?

rabbit earsAunty gets confused whenever computer/internet numbers are spouted for gigabytes of space, ram, speed, etc.  We currently have Oceanic Time Warner for our cable/internet connection and occasionally use our iPhone’s internet connection when Oceanic’s system acts up (quite often).

Sometimes, Oceanic sends our flyers about getting more speed, for free, and even more, for a few dollars more each month.  Currently, we get 50 Mbps, whatever that means.  Is that enough, just right, or too much?  That’s what Aunty would like to know.

Amy Lynn Andrews’ Useletter had a handy tool that she shared recently.  How Much Internet Speed Do I Need is a website link that will gauge your speed needs by asking a series of questions (i.e. number of computers, how often you stream videos, etc.), and then take you to a page with the internet providers close to you.  Aunty found this website to be very helpful (we need 21 Mbps, whatever that means) but the list of providers is not complete since only Oceanic and Hughes were listed, and Hawaiian Tel wasn’t.

Well, I suppose it is good to know that Aunty has enough speed, though sometimes, while watching Korean dramas on dramafever.com, it seems to take forever to load, and the WIFI setting option on Aunty’s iPhone becomes like a reset bomb that gets the ball (drama) rolling on a temporary basis.

Life was simpler with a tv set and rabbit ears antennae.  Simpler, but far less choices.  Progress is wonderful, but Aunty thinks nostalgically of watching television together with the family, and being the one who had to act like the “grounder” for the antennae so our reception had less snow and rolling screen.

Nostalgia for things that were inconvenient – HA!  On second thought, bring on the high speed and modern day wonders of today.  Bring on the self driving cars that will pick up Aunty’s Taco Bell food orders and run errands for her.

Life in the fast lane is quite marvelous.  We are living in a futuristic world.  We are becoming the Jetsons.

 

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Aunty is a new senior citizen and loving this phase of her life. Less responsibilities, less fear of being weird, able to do more of the things that I want to do! Older, yes, slower, yes, but life is even more wonderful in my golden years and I look forward to even goldener ones.

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Comments (3)

  • Musings

    Gosh… I have no idea how much speed you need. I have Hawaiiantel. It’s been OK so far, but I know the price is going to rise dramatically next year. I don’t watch Korean dramas. My zumba friends were telling me today that Korean dramas on hawaiiantel is lousy and grainy. I’ve no idea.

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  • jalna

    I have no clue when it comes to things like this. All I know is that our Oceanic bill is slowly increasing over time for some reason. This month’s bill is $6.87 more than last month’s and $45.67 more than this time last year.

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    • Aunty

      Me too, but I think I have enough speed – so long as my emails go through and I can watch Korean dramas. You should call up the Oceanic people to find out why. They are usually very nice and can give you suggestions to save money. Before, ours was about $75/mo with only basic cable so the Oceanic lady said that I should buy my own modem (she gave the list of approved models and brands) and that way we save on the rental charge and she said to do something else (I forget what it was). So now our monthly bill is $42/mo after I turned in their modem to their place above Starbucks on Ward. You have one drop off place in the Koko Marina shopping center, so lucky!

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