Most of us have a pretty good understanding of how the internet works - but it can be notoriously difficult to explain in plain English. This infographic from Internet.Frontier does a pretty good job of breaking it all down in easy to understand language.
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Over the last 10 years, the NBN has gone from a relatively straightforwards fibre-only network to a complicated mess of speed tiers and different technologies. Amaysim has released a video that it says is a 90-second explainer for anyone confused with the network, on the day it switches on its own NBN coverage.
Place was a blank slate, a sub-reddit that allowed users to place one single coloured pixel on a canvas, before being timed out. It was a social experiment of sorts - what would people create and build as a collective?
After 72 glorious hours, the experiment is over. The final version of Place still stands and it's a monument to the internet run wild. Incredibly, it's also testament to the internet's ability to collaborate.
With Qantas delaying their deployment of in-flight WiFi, Virgin has entered the fray. A new deal between Virgin Australia and Optus will see a three-month customer trial of Gogo’s 2Ku technology on a single Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Qantas has been promising in-flight internet access on a limited number of domestic services for a little while now. But the trial is being delayed because of stability issues. Last November, Qantas said “We are very excited that we are a step closer to introducing our fast and free inflight Wi-Fi”.
Optus is calling its cable broadband customers in newly NBN-ready areas and threatening both telephone and broadband disconnection in 30 days – including the permanent loss of their home phone number – if they don't migrate from Optus cable to the NBN network. The calls come before those customers have received a "Ready For Service" letter from the NBN indicating they can sign up with their internet service provider of choice.
The fact that Amazon controls a vast swath of cloud computing services became dreadfully clear on Wednesday morning when a string of errors brought countless websites to their knees. This consolidation of power is, perhaps suddenly, a very big problem.
A little after 5AM this morning, countless websites and web services ground to a halt following a reported widespread outage of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Everything from Slack to Quora to Gizmodo saw major disruptions. Before Down Detector itself went down, the site showed outages on the tier 1 network Level 3 in most major population centres in the United States.
Lobby group Internet Australia says a report produced by Western Sydney University - and commissioned by NBN - highlights the need for "an urgent change in our broadband strategy." Namely, we need to scrap Fibre to the Node, and switch to Fibre to the Distribution Point.
Like countless other Australians, Haywards Bay resident Daniel Saffioti did not have access to the NBN. So he decided to do something about it.
His solution was to set up a wireless bridge and mini radio dish to beam the NBN directly into his own home - all for a few hundred dollars. Here's how he pulled it off (and overcame a big bump along the way.)
As we've established time and again, your clever tricks aren't protecting your password. If you or someone you know uses Bible references as a password, that trick is pretty easy to crack, too.
For all the promise of "world class" internet speeds, the National Broadband Network (NBN) can be decidedly underwhelming for some. By nbn's own admission, some connections are no faster than ADSL2. Thankfully, there are a few hacks you can employ to boost your current NBN speeds by a significant margin; even if you're already on 100Mbps. Here's what you need to know.