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How much data transfer allowance do you have on your isp? Are you capped? What's a reasonable cap?

My isp's just sent me info about upgrading (after i hassled them) and I can get 1GB data transfer for £15 a month or 7GB for £25. I have no idea what I use, really. And, er, is a GB 1000Mb or 100,000Mb? Or something else? Actually thinking about this, I probably need the higher one. Hmph. (Oh, this is all on a 2mb connection, by the way. Hopefully. If my line will do it.)


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Sep. 29th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
1GB is equivalent to 1024MB. It's that funky binary number scale again.

1k is 1024 bytes, 1MB is 1024kB.

I'm not sure how much net use uses up a gig, but bear in mind that a single full length movie typically comes in at around 1 and a bit GB depending on the compression/quality.

I don't think you'd bee in too much danger of hitting the 7GB cap, but it still sucks that they're capping at all. I guess if they didn't some geek or three would have a secondary machine sitting downlaoding all the time and sucking up all their bandwidth. ISPs get a bit steamed about this. Das Furher has been kicked off several ISPs over the years for taking them seriously when they said 'unlimited' when what they actually meant was 'unlimited as long as you don't use it too much'

A 2Mb connection is shiny shiny.
Sep. 29th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
I knew about the binary stuff, but I thought there was a thing about Gbs where we thought it was something different to what the Americans thought :o)

I don't usually download movies, mostly music, so should be OK. And they do have uncapped usage for about £36 a month, but they still say you have to conform to their Fairplay agreement - ie don't just go mad and kill the servers!
Sep. 29th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
depending on the ISP you may find the cap is a soft limit anyway. You'll probably only get problems if you go well over the limit every month.
Sep. 29th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
Cool. (It's boltblue, btw.) Hopefully they won't just shut it down and stop me lj-ing three weeks into every month!
Sep. 29th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
I think you're thinking of the difference between british and american billions. That seems to have been mostly dropped these days, with most poeple agreeing that a billion is 1000 million rather than a million million.

As far as I know the data size scales have always been locked at the factor of 1024.
Sep. 29th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
Ah. That makes sense :o)
Sep. 29th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
my isp (plus.net) does an uncapped rate of about £15/month, which might be worth looking at. I think the most I've hit is about 3Gb and I download all kinds of podcasts and stuff.
Sep. 29th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
I have no particular cap with NTL, I think. If we transferred more than 1Gb a day for a few days in a row, I believe they might ask us to ease up a bit, but that hasn't happened yet (and I have indeed downloaded up to 2Gb in a day with no issues).

As for 1Gb - 1024 Mb, to me.
However, some bureaucrats decided that Giga and Mega had to be used for powers of 10 rather than 2, even for computer use - so a Megabyte should be 1 million bytes, not 1048576. For binary use they then introduced new terms such as "Gibi" and "Mebi" ... which most of the world has completely ignored because who wants to sound like a five-year-old when talking about technical stuff ?

Errr, anyway. With a 2Mb connection, you could use up the 1Gb limit in under 2 hours. Unless you're sure you won't go berserk downloading linux distributions or random episodes of TV series, it might be better to go for the higher limit ...

Sep. 29th, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC)
Well, I have free dial-up access through the university where I work, so I can transfer as much data as I want, but it takes bloody forever to do it.

Generally, when I want to do something graphics intensive I stay late and do it on the computer at work, which has an ethernet connection. Since most of my websurfing is LJ and bulletin boards (i.e. mainly text) I haven't felt the need to pay for a faster connection at home.
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