How Fast is Google Fiber VS 144kbps Modem

How fast is Google Fiber?


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How Fast is Google Fiber?

If you were around for the early days of the World Wide Web, in the late 1980s, early 1990’s, then you are probably aware of the speeds available to access the internet.  It was not uncommon to have no more than 14.4 Kbps (14,000 bits per second) speeds .  Toward the end of the 1990’s speeds reached up to 128 Kbps, but that still paled in comparison to the average available in the US today (10 Mbps).

Having access to 14 kbps meant  that a jump to 1 Mbps seemed like a distant future dream, in the early days of the world wide web.   And now where 1 Mbps seems slow, and 1 Gbps is coming over the horizon, that pattern appears somewhat familiar.  in 1991, at the debut of America On-Line (AOL), text-based email was bottlenecked by the available speeds.  in 2015 when the term “Netflix” is ubiquitous in common language because of drastically increased speeds.

Google Fiber is fast enough to bring down a full DVD movie in < 1 minute, a Blu-Ray in 5 minutes, a high-end graphics video game in < 10 minutes.  But knowing that, it’s not so much how quickly you can bring down a large download, but possibility of multiple streams both to and from the internet simultaneously.  Where a 1 Mbps down and 512 Kbps up will allow maybe 1 or 2 people to stream Netflix.  Google Fiber will allow the entire family to stream both movies, music, and downloads without hitting a speed cap.

What will be interesting in the future, is the change between 1 Gbps and 1 Tbps (terabits per second or 1,000 Gbps). Will we bemoan the slowness of our holographic downloads and grocery teleportations?  Or will the industry figure out that faster is better for everyone?  I just hope that Google beats everyone else to the punch, and rolls out 10 Gbps, and 100 Gbps to their current customers in the next few years.



The Chromebit: Computer on a stick


The Chromebit from Google and Asus is a Tiny, Inexpensive Computer

As computers shrink in size, they’re steadily increasing in power and capability.  No less is true of the Google Chromebit, as it is as capable as any other Chrome system.

Most will compare it to the Chromecast which is now slightly larger than its predecessor. However the Chromecast is limited to media, whereas the Chromebit lends itself to a whole host of functionality as it has / is a browser (Chromecast does not).  But while there are many PC Sticks out there already, with the Chromebit you get all the benefits of ChromeOS.

The Chromebit will get updates constantly, it’s non susceptible to viruses or malware, and the OS is free.  There will never be any costly updates to get the next version of this operating system.  And unlike the Chromecast, this little device has a USB port for connection a mouse, keyboard, or something else.

asus-chromebit-14As far as specifications go, the Chromebit might seem lithe, but for the most common uses of the internet, it is completely sufficient.  The Rockchip SoC (System on a Chip) Quad-Core ARM processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage are really just the bare minimum to get you onto the web and using Google’s host of services.  But one smart benefit, like most Chrome-devices, is the low power consumption.  the 12 V, 1.5 A device maxes out at 18 W.  With the exception of most mobile phones, that’s pretty low power for a desktop (the monitor is likely to consume more energy).

Portability and practical obscurity would seem to be the primary purpose to this device. Although the orange model option would seem to be say the opposite of obscurity. Like the Chromecast, the Chromebit may well be forgotten behind your monitor.  Many have found the utility of the Chromecast to be exceptional when on a journey.  The Chromebit may add that extra little help of the full Chrome Browser to the experience.

As of Nov 19th, you will be able to find the Chromebit from Newegg, Amazon, and Fry’s. It’s expected to sell for about $85.  For a PC on a stick, with the pluses that Chrome offers, that’s about as inexpensive as is reasonable for a new computer.

Louisville, KY, San Diego and Irvine, CA

Three More Cities exploring Google Fiber: Louisville, KY, San Diego and Irvine, CA

Louisville, KY, San Diego and Irvine, CA are looking at Google Fiber

Recently Google added three more cities to its repertoire of Fiber offerings in the United States.  Louisville, KY, San Diego and Irvine, CA, will soon be staring down the barrel of synchronous 1 Gigabit fiber connection in their cities. With each new expansion, it appears more and more that Google is actually quite serious about Gigabit Fiber To The Home.

Last year Google proposed the same rollout to nine cities in the US, and is now actually setting up fiber in several of those cities.  But for now the process of deciding to use Google Fiber, and negotiate the terms are on the table for the three cities.

Although Irvine and San Diego are only about 100 miles apart, both are far from being close neighbors to Louisville. Where most cities appear to be able to get past the initial offering of Google Fiber, the hard part comes in figuring out where to put the support equipment.  Right now all three of these cities are in that planning stage, following their typically-unanimous vote to accept Google Fiber.

While some cities are generally flat-landed, many are hilly, if not downright complex and Google must figure out where to put their Fiber Huts where they will be most effective and someone easy to install.   Google has some restrictions for its Fiber Huts, it prefers non-public places (like schools and parks) and is realistically against flood zones.  But even these obstacles can be overcome.  But for the most part there is always some land that is good for constructing these tiny buildings.

Once Louisville, KY, San Diego and Irvine, CA can definitely decide on locations for the huts, the Fiber rollout to the home can begin.  And with each city’s help getting Google FTTH becomes more widespread and simpler every day.  Here’s to wondering how AT&T dares to compete with Google’s fiber business .

Check out the Google Fiber City Checklist to get started.  It can seem daunting, but what’s little work among so much bandwidth?  Is Google coming to your town, city, or metro area soon?

Source: Google Fiber Blog

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Google opens invitations to Developers of Brillo and Weave

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Developers of Brillo and Weave get invite-only access

Back in May 2015 at Google I/O, Google introduced two new products, Brillo and Weave. The Internet of Things and communication thereof is upon us and someone will need to help bring us to this new ideal.  Developers of Brillo and Weave who were not part of the initial offering, can now request an invitation to the projects.

For most, even the term “Internet of Things” (IoT) is highly conceptual. But to bring that concept to reality, a method of organization is required. Brillo is the Operating System of Google’s IoT offering.  It is a lightweight embedded OS on Android.  It gives developers an environment to work in, to develop for the OS.

In this two-factor experience, a method of communication is also required. Google Weave is that method.  “Weave provides a messaging service that enables phones and devices to talk to each other locally and remotely through the cloud.” And because both Brillo and Weave are Google products they work seamlessly together.

Recently Google also brought a product to market, the OnHub.   Although the OnHub is primarily a high-visibility home router, it has built-in capabilities for using Weave and will allow developers and consumers to get immediate access to Weave.

Google is highly motivated to give Developers of Brillo and Weave an idea of what to expect, and so have provided two videos.  Software Development Kits for both Android and iOS can be used to access the development suite.  Check out the blog.

Self-Driving Car at Googleween kids

How do Google’s Self-Driving Cars Behave Around Kids?


Can Google’s Self-Driving Car learn from Google’s Costumed Children?

Around the ghostly holiday of Halloween, the Engineers are Google’s Self-Driving Car project thought that it would be a great opportunity to teach the car more about children. Now, it’s not as though cars need to know the children themselves, but how they behave.  Children do not behave as one might expect as they do not have the experience that adults typically do. And the more intelligence that a self-driving car can have, the better.

Google has been teaching its users and self-driving cars about the world since the project began in 2012.  But there are still several issues that self-driving vehicles struggle to manage; unpredictability being one.  Certainly, not even a human deals perfectly well with unpredictable actions, but children being  unpredictable around vehicles provided an excellent opportunity to improve the vehicle’s perception of them. How ironic to use one’s children as random variables?

Fortunately, Googlers’ have long had a high sense of responsibility for their jobs and getting them to participate in an experiment of fun proved no difficult task.  The children in their odd-shaped halloween costumes, paraded around the parked self-driving cars.  The vehicles, which are fully aware of all objects around them, at all times, were able to identify and classify the strange objects and how they move.  This Googleween event, though strange to much of the world, is helping to pave the path to a safer future for all, thanks to Google’s ingenuity and enthusiasm.