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The Real Deal 129: Bandwidth caps

What are bandwidth caps and how do you deal with them if your ISP has one?

What are bandwidth caps and how do you deal with them? Seth Rosenblatt from joins us to discuss.
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So, Webware tells me that Comcast will CANCEL my service if I go over their new 250 GB limit twice (ever?).

And Comcast won't tell me how much I'm using until they threaten me the first time.

I use two online backup services Mozy (for backups), and Sugar Sync (so my work data is available to me from any location). My old computer died last month and I downloaded my 50 GB bacup from Mozy. Granted, that doesn't happen all the time, but you never know.

I download a bunch of podcasts every week (audio and video), etc....

So, can you guys review some of the available Bandwidth metering software out there? Free vs. paid? Mac vs Windows? (I have Vista 64 bit.



and gregkeene said not to limit it to software on computers!

If you want to learn about bandwidth itslef, listen to our previous episode -

The news item CAPS Comcast - 250 GB, they call, then cut your off TimeWarner? - 40 GB, test case. G1 - 1 GB, then throttled EVDO - all limited. 5GB $60 50MB $40.

Why do they do this? is this really a limited resource comcast - going after top 1% (side note - comcast dropping usenet hosting)

Is it bad?

How much is 250 GB really? movies are 1GB Torrents sync families

How do you measure?

Where do you get unlimited? FIOS

Reading: Free bandwidth meters

More tidbits on the new Comcast cap


"WebKit began when Apple Inc. created a software fork of the KDE project?s HTML layout engine KHTML and KDE's JavaScript engine (KJS). "

Arthur Belle Dent

Nice job on the Chrome episode, Rafe. Question for you: For Chrome as an application platform to really change the OS paradigm, it would need to be bootable. As I think you mentioned, Linux would probably fill that bill. However, would there be any problem using Linux or a Linux-based version of Chrome to run what would be an ad-supported platform such as this? In other words, does that fact that Google would be using ad-support to derive income from the Chrome-based application launch platform create any problems with using Linux? Are there any prohibitions in the Linux terms of service for that kind of use?

Thanks, and again, nice job on the Chrome podcast.

Rick from NYC


I listened to the episode, but I don't know if I simply missed Some interesting stuff there not found on Hulu.


Clears throat


Cnet property?

Just sayin' 'bout some Cnet property love?

By the by, I'm obsessed with a show I found on called Regenesis. I think you'd like it, Tom. It's like a non-snarky version of House, but with viruses and germs. Hulu has it, too.'s video page doesn't show what season and ep number is which, and it seems like they're a little mixed up.


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