As I understand it, most internet service plans require you to pay for specific upload and download speeds. How can I ensure my internet provider is delivering on the speeds I'm paying for? Sincerely, Dear DD, Great (and timely) question, and one I'm sure we're all thinking a little bit about now that Google Fiber's insanely fast internet has us all a little jealous. Just last week the FCC revealed that most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) usually meet their advertised speed rates. Of course, just because most ISPs are delivering what they're advertising doesn't mean yours is. The basic process to test your download speeds is something anyone can do. The first step: we need to verify how much you're actually paying for. Advertisement Find Out the Speed You're Paying For The first thing to do is check in with your ISP and see what speed you're paying for (if you don't already know it). In some cases, all you need to do is look at your most recent bill and the download speed and … [Read more...] about How Can I Make Sure I’m Getting the Download Speeds I’m Paying For?
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Every now and then a GIF comes along that does more than slow down the speed at which a webpage loads—it takes you on a journey. It teaches you something not just about yourself but about the nature of the moving image and its capacity to tell emotionally resonant stories through the presentation and elision of visual stimuli. Advertisement For example, this GIF, sent to us by press representatives for Health2blog.com, is ostensibly a commentary on fitness or something. And yet it begs intense attention, asking the viewer: When did you first meet Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? Where were you—what were the smells and sights of that moment? Who were you, in that moment? Did you love him? When did you last see The Rock? Where is The Rock right now? As the GIF takes us through the years, we see first the wily recession of Johnson’s hairline, then his eyebrow arch up as he assumes the mantle of WWE champ. He soon seeks respectability and mainstream acting … [Read more...] about Do not despair—look upon this GIF of The Rock and be at peace
Eero knocked our socks off last year, when the small startup proved that wi-fi routers didn’t need to be ugly, impossible-to-use gadgets. And now, with its second generation of mesh-networking devices, Eero looks like they’ve changed the game again. Not only are the new Eeros faster. They’re friggin’ tiny! Advertisement To be more specific, there are two new types of Eero devices. The second generation Eero looks just like the first, but thanks to a third 5 GHz radio, the company says its new routers are twice as fast as the originals. On top of this, Eero is adding an additional piece of hardware called a Beacon, that works just like an original Eero node in the mesh networking ecosystem, but the Beacon half the size and plugs directly into the wall. More on the beacon in a second. Let’s talk speed, right now. The new tri-band spec is a pretty nice upgrade from the original, dual-band Eero. If you’re not familiar with tri-band technology, you … [Read more...] about The New Eero Wi-Fi Routers Bring Glorious Minimalism to Mesh Networking
Filmmaker Casey Neistat and Mercedez-Benz don't pair easily in people's minds. One's a YouTube renegade, the other is the manufacturer of cars you can't afford. And yet! They teamed up and made an ad. The result is as surprising and weird as you'd expect it to be. Yes, this is definitely a car commercial, but it's not a stuffy luxury car plug by a mile. It's fun, it's frenetic, and it'll probably turn you on in that way that movies about renegade hackers and underdog football teams make you want to break stuff. This ad doesn't make you want to be richer—it makes you want to have fun. Advertisement For the last decade Neistat has built a career out of telling personal stories about whatever he wants, both on YouTube and on an HBO series. In short, he symbolizes all of the optimistic promise of the free Internet combined with a maker's will to get it done. So how the hell did he end up doing a commercial for stuffy ol' Mercedes? In exchange for his cachet with The Youths, … [Read more...] about How Casey Neistat Shot an Amazing Car Commercial With Zero Planning
Super Smash Bros., a new piece of fanfiction for the Nintendo 3DS, is a game about anticipation. It's a game about position. It's a game about mustering up the brain juice to figure out what your opponent is going to do next, then developing the lightning-fast reflexes needed to nail the best possible response. It's also a game where Pac-Man hurls pieces of fruit at the dog from Duck Hunt. Much of the appeal in the Smash Bros. series, which gets its newest entry today, has always come from that juxtaposition. On one hand, these are serious fighting games, and to master any version of Smash requires dedication, patience, and routine memorization. On the other hand, there's genuine silliness flowing through every stage, every character, every strike, and every taunt. Thanks to Smash, preposterous battles between the likes of Donkey Kong and Ness from Earthbound or Ganondorf and F-Zero's Captain Falcon have become part of gaming's canon, and there's even a passionate community of … [Read more...] about Super Smash Bros. 3DS