Shelter from the Storm

Occupy Wall Street Umbrellas

For the last week, I’ve been keeping the live stream of global revolution running in a small Opera window. That leaves me to continue doing my work in Firefox, without having to worry about memory issues or crashes. For whatever reason, Opera appears to handle Flash better, at least my display card isn’t overheating from hours of viewing the video stream.

Coming from a technical background, the video stream intrigues me. Blogs have already proven to be very effective in getting your message out, couple that with live video and you’re not dependent on the normal channels. Contrary to popular belief, Reality TV is not real, it’s just mainstream media reacting to fend off the coming onslaught of citizen media.

Instead of endlessly channel hopping on cable or satellite boxes, because there really is nothing on that interests you, you’ll soon be able to fine tune into your desires. The technology already exists for self broadcasting, what’s really holding us back is the meager upload speeds of today’s broadband connections. If we all had 5 to 10Mbps of upload speed, all bets would be off, and the monopolistic cable providers know this.

The United States ranks 25th in average Internet connection speeds, compared to the rest of the world. That’s plain sad and troubling at the same time, the geek in me is just pissed.

Now there’s a wall between us, somethin’ there’s been lost
I took too much for granted, got my signals crossed
Just to think that it all began on a long-forgotten morn
“Come in,” she said, “I’ll give you shelter from the storm”