Exciting news (for me) in rural North Cornwall. As we were leaving to go out two weeks ago, a couple of white vans were parked on the verge opposite our house and men with fluorescent jackets on were sort of chatting and pointing at a hole in the ground. There was also a metre diameter reel of thick black cable at the base of the telegraph pole.

Yes, we still call them telegraph poles when they only carry telephone wires these days. I don’t know why, although I suspect it may be that the data transfer rate is still about the same as it was when it was for telegraphs… dah, dah, dit, dah…

As we were leaving home in the car, to be somewhere in the opposite direction, we didn’t stop to ask what they were doing but we harboured hopes that it was the long-awaited fibre cable upgrade that would soon be bringing us into the modern world of faster-than-pigeon telecommunications.

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Later inspection on the evening dog walk, with the men and vans long gone but coils of new cable coming out of the conduit covers below and now taped to the base of the pole (and a similar one further up the lane) confirmed the theory. Hopefully at some stage soon, other people – who are properly qualified to climb ladders – will be connecting it all up, with the feet-on-ground crew having done their subterranean work getting the new cables to the right places in a largely unseen and mysterious fashion.

Uploading new pictures to the website and stores should hopefully be less of a faff in a few weeks and can be done more on a whim than a major logistics exercise (currently involving checking that a friend doesn’t mind me popping over, unplugging everything from my computer here and then scooting off to their place with it to ‘hotdesk’ and ‘borrow some bandwidth’, with payment normally being something that Mrs H has just baked).

I’m also looking forward to getting pictures sent off to a printing service whenever I fancy, so that I can hopefully start selling some cards and prints locally myself, instead of just uploading them to an online store and waiting and hoping for sales. (That was a hint. Did you spot that?)

All we need now is a little more patience, and we have good practise at that.

So in honour of the title of this post, I’m posting a few more of my seaglass abstracts. With these my camera movement is fast, leaving less of the smooth rounded shapes of the tumbled glass apparent and making the results more dependant on the ocean colours and graphic lines created.

7 thoughts on “Superfast

  1. Good news Bear! We just changed our broadband package and they upgraded it from 40Mbps to 80. We’ve used an broadband speed test and indeed it went from about 37-38Mbps before to 78-79Mbps now. The difference in practice is… er, well we haven’t noticed any difference whatsoever.

    I think once you’re above a certain threshold where your internet, on demand TV etc just works without glitches or buffering, there’s little noticeable change on day to day use.

    What’s you current speed, have you tested it? We use the Ookla one.

    Also, could you get broadband via a mobile phone? Might be a faster/cheaper/more convenient option than via the land line? I don’t mean just on the phone itself – I sometimes use my phone as a wifi hotspot then connect an iPad to it to go online.

    I remember having dial up in the early 2000s and downloading a track of music took literally hours. We’d queue a few up in the evening then leave it on all night, hoping that no-one picked up the phone and try to make a call and kicked the modem off the line in the interim!

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    1. Tested with ookla… ready?

      Still ready?

      Yeah, it takes this long… hang on…

      Tahdaa…. 2.31 somethings.

      So that’s less than 10% of what yours was when it was slower.

      So you can see it’s a big thing. Yes, we looked at the mobile 4G but at home service, it was possible but expensive for a more than 100GB a month service. Also there was a local firm promising a similar to mobile but faster and better priced one which looked good but I suspect, after dealing with them for a ‘site survey’ and pinging a few increasingly exasperated emails back and forth, may actually own horses and ten gallon hats and know Del Trotter.

      So we waited patiently for Openreach to cover us. As it turns out, because we’re not on an estate or similar, they’ll be doing Fibre-to-Premises, not sharing a cable to a nearby cabinet with loads of others, so we’ll probably be on as fast as it gets for consumers… eventually…

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      1. Oh that is a bit on the slow side, I see the problem! Though we don’t have access to a number of the providers (like Virgin), there are a few we can use and get decent speeds.

        You won’t be able to believe how fast it will be when it arrives!

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      2. I know, make a cup of tea for one upload to Redbubble at home, about 6 minutes…. Batch of a dozen at the same resolution, probably less than a minute when on my friend’s superfast network.

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    1. Thanks Ellen. I must buck up my ideas and fulfil that offer for Ida we talked about soon as well, spring is a good time!

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