Oh, My Aching Gigabytes

In only 6 days I’m already at nearly 3 Gigs into my bandwidth allowance.

At $30 per gig over my 10 Gig limit, I’m already seeing that I will have to change my evil bandwidth hogging ways if I’m going to keep my Internet access bill under control.

Any tips? Advice? Can I get someone’s unused bandwidth allowances like carbon offsets?


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  1. Well… You could set your browser to TURN OFF ALL IMAGES. Ha!

    Other than that, it’s either curtailing usage (how about a brish, refreshing -50F walk instead?) or maybe you could negotiate a special rate with the utility.

  2. That is a really good idea – about negotiating with the utility. If I’m going to put Tok on the Social Media Map, then they can get some great press from being an official sponsor of the endeavor!

  3. antzinpantz

     /  January 10, 2009

    Change your provider to someone like Hostmonster or hostgator. They give you hundreds of gigs of space. Plus free domain name, too. Something like $6-8 per month.

  4. Bill

     /  January 11, 2009

    If you use the Firefox web browser there is an extension you can add to it called AdBlock which keeps you from downloading advertisements. It blocks ads that are static images as well as those annoying flash based ads. That will not only speed up web page load times, but keeps you from wasting your limited bandwidth on ads.

    • Nunu and Bill, that is a good suggestion, however, my bandwidth issues aren’t because of Web browsing and ads. Because of my business, I have to upload and download images, audio and video frequently. Plus I also consult on Second Life which is a high-bandwidth virtual world. All that ads up to 18-22 Gigs of bandwidth usage each month for me so I have had to outsource some work and cut down on other work.

  5. Nunu

     /  January 11, 2009

    I have a bandwidth limit where I am (I won’t tell you how high it is above 0F here so you don’t get jealous) and I use Firefox with Adblock Plus and Flashblock. Flashblock still lets you load Flash if you want but it doesn’t do it automatically.

  6. Eric

     /  January 12, 2009

    What kind of options do you have for Internet connectivity? I’ve often wondered how reliable Internet connectivity is up there.

  7. Dean

     /  January 12, 2009

    We use Hughsnet. It is a broad band satalite system with unlimited time use for $80 per month. It was our only option for broad band. The feed has a 4 second delay so you can’t game on it but other than that I love it.

  8. Mira

     /  January 12, 2009

    Hello Aliza,

    won’t get too much into it, but I have been looking into ways to avoid big gigs from the access point.
    A few suggestions:
    Step 1: Find a friend in Anchorage and convince them to dedicate a PC for you that will be up and running all the time.
    Step 2: download TeamViewer from TeamViewer.com on both your Tok machine and have the friend in Anchorage install the same on the machine there.
    Step 3: Follow the instructions to login from your Tok machine to the one in Anchorage – you will be using your computer only as the terminal, and will be controlling the one in Anchorage 100% like you’re sitting there – you can do everything that you need to do – with the big difference – and this is where you benefit – when you download something from the web on to the machine in Anchorage, or if you’re in second life and are accessing it through the machine in Tok – you’re only using ‘surface’ connection’ while driving the machine in Anchorage to do the heavy lifting – downloads from the web, graphics, etc.
    In addition, if you for whatever reason can’t use the one in Anchorage (if you want to upload pics or vids to this blog – no matter what you’ll need to use the Tok computer) I’d suggest to use Firefox on your machine in Tok and to install this plugin for it: http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/
    It will let you disable pretty much anything and everything that you don’t need (CSS, images, Java, JavaScript, even page colors and Flash, not to mention images, video, etc).

    Finally, I’d be happy to walk you through it if you need additional help, just post something here and I’ll get in touch.

    Hope this helps!!

    Mira —


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