Today saw the launch of the SandstormingNetwork. What’s it mean? Not a lot. For now it’s just fancy bar at the top of the page allowing easy navigation between sites I, and other member’s of the sandstorming team run.
Sandstorming: Your reading it, I’m going to assume you know what it is.
LiveSailDie: Not just another sailing site. A community featuring everything sailing related (and not).
Messquoted: This site we’re currently testing and will be launching very soon. It’s bash… for humorous msn names!
ResRadio: Epicac, College Students, Podcasts, Porn and More… ResRadio should be launching over the next few weeks
GlobeCast: Just a placeholder… for now…
|They aren’t hugging, she’s trying to strangle him for choosing BigPond.
Even if you use just half the possible monthly bandwidth on your Telstra Broadband plan, you could end up owing Telstra almost half a million dollars! Don’t believe me? Then read on…
Telstra BigPond announced the other week that they were soon to be releasing new cable internet plans. Hardly surprising considering the only other cable internet provider in Australia offered far superior plans on every level.
The plans released however, did not include any changes on the minuscule download limits, expensive excess transfers fees or incredibly slow cap speeds. They did however, offer to upgrade the speed of users connections for a $10 fee. This shocked many users, as Telstra had previously advertised the cable download speed as unlimited.
For $79.95 at the two ISPs you would recieve the following:
Telstra: 10 Gigabytes of data before having your speed slowed.
Optus: 20 Gigabytes of data On-Peak + 40 Gigabytes of data Off-Peak before having your speed slowed.
Putting that one plan aside, where most user’s get caught using BigPond is agreeing to a cheaper contract with a very small data transfer, but expensive fees for exceeding that usage. Unlike Optus, on all but one of their plans, bigpond charges for excess usage. Optus merely slows the users speed.
Now I get to my point. On BigPond’s new plans, they advertise the maximum speed as 17mbps. Now whilst obtaining and keeping that speed is next to impossible, for the purpose of my argument let’s assume you reach what BigPond advertise the plan as having.
If you suscribe to BigPond Cable Extreme 200MB plan, for $39.95 a month, and maxed out your hypothetical download bandwidth for a month (we aren’t even uploading a thing!) at the end of the month you would owe BigPond, $853,000!
There are 2678400 seconds in a month. (60 * 60 * 24 * 31)
A connection running at 17mbps (17/8 = 2.125mBps) would therefore transfer 5691600 mB (2.125 * 2678400)
At a charge of 15 cents per megabyte, this would equate to $853,740 (5691600 * 0.15)
Time to change ISPs I think!
Wonder if the quality of HD is going to be that much better than DVD? Check out these screenshots from The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring DVD transfer and compare them to their HD counterpart. The difference is amazing!
DVD screenshot (cropped)
HD screenshot (sampled down, cropped)
When you go to the link, the HD screenshots have been sampled down from their native resolution (1920×1080) to DVD resolution (852×480), so be sure to click on them to get the full effect.
Appears to have originally come from here.
There is a huge gallery of celebrities as children over at WorksafeVideos.com. I’m not sure of their original source though. Before you click the link, does anyone want to have a guess at the two lovely actresses I’ve chosen to place here?
The Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the greatest driving road in the world. Stretching for 7.3 miles and climbing nearly 4,000 feet, it boasts 60 corners and a surface so smooth that it would flatter a racetrack. It could easily be described as the eighth wonder of the world, but almost nothing is known about its creation.
The road is cut into the Jebel Hafeet mountain, the highest peak in the United Arab Emirates, the oil-rich Persian Gulf state. The mountain spans the border with Oman and lies about 90 minutes’ drive southeast of the thriving city of Dubai. It looks down upon a dusty, desert landscape that belies a nation of astonishing wealth.
Now in movie news, Superherohype has an exclusive Spider-Man 3 photo. The first thing that hit’s you when you see the image is the fact that his suit doesn’t look his trademark red.
Given the rain, the colour could easily be explained by a black and white photo, however, the site claims the photo is meant to be colour.
Time shall tell with the movie set to be released in April 2007.
Dogs at work, three free gourmet meals a day, pool tables, beach volleyball, lap pools… Life at Google sounds fricken awesome. TIME has a great photo essay that makes me really want to work at Google.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, the buffest Hollywood heroes of the 80s, are finally going to star in a movie together. The movie will be called Brutal Deluxe and it will be the superstars’ first appearance in a movie together. The premise has not been released yet, but they expect filming to begin as soon as the Governator’s term in office is up.
Techeblog has a list of the top 10 strangest MP3 players they could find. From this half normal teddy bear, to an MP3 player masquerading as a toilet, there’s some strange music happening out there!