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No Human Intervention – The M2M Revolution

If you asked me to look into my crystal ball and tell you what the biggest thing in electrical & telecommunications engineering is going to be within the next 5 or so years, it’s Machine-to-Machine communications – also known as the Internet of Things.

For long enough our computing technology has stagnated – today’s computers are a lot more powerful (count how many transistors there are in a new gaming graphics card, I dare you), a lot better looking (I’m looking at you, Apple) and incredibly tiny (the mind-boggling power that exists in the modern smartphone in terms of raw performance outclasses my desktop PC from 2007). The next logical step, of course, is to step up the intelligence.

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How to live without fixed-line Internet

Broadband is something most people take for granted.

I’ve moved house a fair few times, and a very common theme is that the new place has no pre-existing internet connection. Usually this would mean suffering for about a month on a pre-paid 3G plan while waiting for ADSL to get installed. Which is often a world of pain in itself, because Telstra like to disconnect copper pairs from vacant rental properties, meaning a $300 connection fee for the unwitting new tenant.

But this time, it’s different. In a bad way. A very, very bad way. My new place is in a “soon-to-be-NBN-enabled” area. How soon? November-soon. The grey box pictured above is teasing me in much the same way as you would eating a hamburger in front of a weight loss gymnasium. With an SQ-failing copper line, ADSL is out of the question. Wireless will have to be the only way for these painful six months. I know what you’re thinking. Wireless is slow and expensive. Fortunately, it doesn’t HAVE to be that way. Continue reading How to live without fixed-line Internet