Taking the internet for granted

Something struck me as I nervously paced the room, trying not to curse too much while waiting for a bunch of important files to leave my outbox.

I’m taking the internet for granted.

Or rather, I’m taking a solid and at least somewhat fast internet connection for granted.

Working from the French Alps puts it into perspective. It’s easy to come to terms with lousy connectivity and speed in developing countries, but in the heart of Europe? How can they live like this?

They can because they have to.

Back home I’ve got a 100 Mbit connection and file size isn’t an issue.

Here, sending a 2 MB file is something scary.

Food for thought for all us web workers, that’s for sure.

Have you read <em>Haunted Futures</em> yet? cover

Have you read Haunted Futures yet?

I’ve got a story in the science fiction/near future anthology Haunted Futures, together with the likes of Warren Ellis and Tricia Sullivan. Check it out!