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How Much Is 5 Gigabytes (GBs) Of Internet Usage?

Did you know, 1 gigabyte of data could equal 1.024 gigabytes. Please check with your service provider if they measure data in decimal or binary units. I will explain how much internet usage 5 gigabytes (GBs) per month provides you.


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Northwestel’s Internet Usage Tool Still Inaccurate

On February 2011, I have conducted an independent test of Northwestel’s Internet Usage Tool to prove any inaccuracies and inconsistencies. The final results of the detailed one month test showed a big inconsistence in Northwestel’s ability to display accurate daily usage, however, at the end of the month Northwestel calculated less data usage than my local tracker by a small amount. A Northwestel representative confirmed that the lower usage reported was because Northwestel rounds the Megabytes down.

Months after Northwestel ensured me that they are working to fix the problems with their usage tool and for sometime it appeared that they have done so, but not for long. The last few months of this year have sparked my suspicions of large overheads. A new test has been conducted to prove Northwestel is reporting more data than what has been used.


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The Internet Not So Forever

For years we have all had the idea or have heard that anything put on the Internet is forever, this is actually wrong. Although it is possible for data to exist forever, nothing is truly forever.

The only true way that data can survive is if the data is continued to be passed on by generations of websites and users. The fact is information has to stay in the spot light and stay relevant or be lost. Websites disappear, services shutdown, companies close or become bankrupt, old or useless information is deleted and accounts expire.


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Californian ISP Flags Me For Excessive Internet Usage [Life]

We sometimes hear stories about Internet Service Providers sending out letters and warnings about illegal or abusive Internet usage, but I’ve near expected to receive a call from California.

First I should explain where I live and a bit of my I.T. background. I live in the Yukon Territory of Canada, in the Yukon I pay approximately $65 per month for 15 Gigabytes of Internet usage. I am a certified and licensed professional in Information Technology. You can imagine that I run a perfect system with a closely watched network to prevent insane Internet overage fees.

January 22, 2011, today I received a phone call from an Internet Service Provider (ISP) in California claiming that my computer is sending messages that is interfering with their systems. The company said they have traced the messages back to my computer, they even had my real name and current mailing address. They even said they have sent me an email and a letter explaining the matter and I responded by saying that I have not received anything of the sort. The ISP explained that they are calling to warn me about my computer’s Internet use and to assist me in finding the problem.


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