Episode 002: Tech Talk Tuesday – Internet Speed

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This is the first episode of Tech Talk Tuesday and today I am going to touch on internet speeds and an interesting headline I saw about Tencent. Let me kick off with the story on Tencent.

Tencent Caps Gaming Time

For those of you who don’t know, Tencent is a large media and gaming company based in China. It offers online advertising and payment platforms as well as a large social network in China and messaging services including WeChat.

Reuters reported this week that the company would be restricting the game time of minors on the company’s popular “Honour of Kings” stating that:

Parents and teachers have complained that children were becoming addicted to the multiplayer online battle game, which, according to the company, has more than 200 million users, mostly in China, and is the top-grossing mobile game in the world.

Children under 12 will reportedly be limited to one hour of play time per day while children 12 to 18 would be restricted to two hours of play and blocking minors from playing at all after 9 pm.

This story is of particular interest to me given that Naspers, a South Africa’s leading media business, hold a large one-third investment in Tencent.

My question to you is, do you think that companies should be made responsible for restricting or governing game time for minors? What role or accountability should parents take in this matter?

Lastly, considering this is a role-playing game, should children under 12 even be playing such a game, or owning a smartphone capable of playing the game at all? Surely if this distraction is blocked, kids will find another app to pour their time into?

What Internet Speed is Enough

This evening on a WhatsApp group, we got into a conversation about what internet speed is enough, given that a friend was juggling the idea of upping his current connection package or downgrading and saving some cash.

Given that in some parts of the world you can get intern speeds in excess of 4Mbps, the debate begins on what is actually enough?

A recent trip back to South Africa to be with the family put me into a situation where the only connection in my in-law’s home is a 2Mbps ADSL connection. In this situation, two of us were surprisingly able to stream YouTube at the same time, although it was as 360p, though it seemed good enough at the time.

It turns out that Netflix – as an example – recommends a 5Mbps connection for streaming HD content. Using this benchmark, one could argue that a 10Mbps line for the average household could be good enough for a single HD stream and when occasion requires,  two standard definition stream will likely be suitable for many.

So then why, one should ask, are we being pitched 100Mbps speeds for the average home user? For revenue most likely would be the answer.

Here is the truth of the matter, what is more, important than the speed is firstly the stability of your connection. Here in Nigeria, this has been my ongoing issue.

So for the average home user, I would recommend trying out a 10Mbps line with a stable connection and see if you really need more from there. Money in the pocket or savings account is, after all a wiser investment I think.

Episode 001: Mostly Me Monday – Introduction to my Podcast

This Podcast is published on Anchor.FM or you can subscribe on iTunesPocketCastsTuneIn, and Stitcher.

Recently I have been intrigued in the audio app, Anchor FM following a friend’s recommendation to check it out. The application was intriguing but because the audio files were only live for 24 hours, I gave up on the idea of using it to create content.

Now that they have launched the ability to podcast from the app, I am back on track to give it a try. I need to start creating things and while I struggle with my photography, I figured it was time to turn to something else that I enjoyed from my publishing days, content creation.

So this is episode one of this audio podcast journey. Let me break down what I am thinking I will do, and the corny names I am giving each segment. I thought I would hold off till I think of better names but I spend too much time procrastinating as it is and this time I am just going to work with what I have.

I will first be creating show notes for each episode in order to get back into writing again.

Here is the list of segments I have come up with so far.

Mostly Me Mondays

This Monday feature, as the name suggests, will be mostly me talking about me. It may go off topic sometimes, but generally speaking, it will be a segment for me talking about myself. Hey, don’t judge, many of us like talking about ourselves. The idea is not to boast here, in fact, I think it will personally be more reflective.

Tech Talk Tuesday

Tuesdays will be focused on talking about another passion I have, technology. I am not sure exactly how this segment will unfold or what it will focus on primarily, but it will be technology based.

Work Wednesday

So this will be a place for me to talk about stuff work related I think. That said, because I work for a tech company, I am going to try not focus on work related to my work, but business focused discussion in general.

Throw Back Thursday

Okay, I know this is overdone, but I am going to try talk about things I have owned or used in the past and reflect on them from a modern perspective today.

Photo Friday

Now, this is a term I used at PhotoComment Magazine back in the day. The difference here is, that I am not going to be publishing a photograph because obviously this it going to be pushed out as an audio podcast at first. So due to the medium of publishing, this segment will be about various aspects of photography and not just about a photo that you cannot see in audio waves.

But now it is getting a little late and I am exhausted from my travels back to Nigeria after a short trip home to be with the family.

I also hear the rumblings of a thunderstorm. Storms here in Lagos are like nothing I have experienced elsewhere. It is like a war with bombs being dropped. I though Johannesburg, my hometown, had terrible summer storms, but while lightning is aggressive in Johannesburg, the thunder in Lagos really makes me think that Zeus exists and is having one heck of a tantrum.

Will the next episode, chow.

P.S. while I will try to make a show each day, it may not always be practical and I would ask you to be patient with me. Your contributions on how I can change and improve things are welcome.