Unless it’s a dirt nap. Those are for the dead.
This was pretty good. Also, I want to thank Ooyala for fixing their video player. What’s yours, I can watch now!
Can tell you that I’m actively thinking and researching into ways that we will be able to improve computer and internet usage when Google Fiber lands.
I currently don’t own a webcam, because the upload speeds are so terrible it’s not worth it. That will change. It will be possible to be on a high resolution Google Hangout or something with a friend on a separate monitor WHILE playing a fullscreen multiplayer game together on the other one and not have it impact the latency.
Recording video is something I don’t do as often, because it takes over night or over several days to upload some videos to YouTube. That will change.
There are some internet streaming channels that I might tune into more often while multi-tasking if those sorts of things didn’t affect my latency and bandwidth availability so much. Placing them on virtual desktops and listening to them, then pressing a key to switch to view the feed when something sounds interesting would occur more often.
Google Fiber would be faster than most people’s home networks, so it would seriously be faster to copy a file over the internet than between machines in the same house currently. Providing more incentive to switch home networks to gigabit will be good.
Friends and I can setup file shares between us with defined organized structures, so “my music collection” becomes “our music collection”, and old archived videos become streamable between us effortlessly. Sharing our desktops or gameplay streams will be much more exciting in the past, with low latency, high quality and high resolution. Some of this will still be limited by CPUs/storage and whether the performance hit there is worth the sharing, but that will continue to improve over time.
High resolution security camera feeds can become more easily streamed/recorded off-site and any incriminating high quality footage from cell phones or other devices can be shared faster within that critical time window. Outside of crime though, simply more of those everyday beautiful things that people want to share will become effortless to share in a rapid timely fashion rather than seeing it later that evening. Timing is often critical to the value of data.
Using streaming/online interactive applications will become much more appealing. I want to see what the OnLive experience is like after this. It’s already good, but the final test will be to see how it plays with Google Fiber.
Streaming a higher quality 1080p Netflix will be great, especially without the connection flaking out when other machines in the house automatically start a Steam game update or something else. The highest quality Netflix is not currently available to us on Time Warner Cable.
It will free up a lot of harddrive space, because there are things I keep downloaded for the convenience of them being there “someday” that simply won’t be necessary to keep. If I need them, they can just be downloaded then. Less need to buy larger harddrives and more need to buy faster ones. Steam games library, I’m looking at you.
Could see more always-on neighborhood communication systems setup, where people can easily run home servers since the bandwidth needs would no longer crush their connection and allow for more interesting realtime efforts within the community which would benefit even the residents which arent using Google Fiber. Right now people use things like e-mail, craigslist and newsletters, but richer real time communications will further enhance the sense of community.
This is all aside from the improvements Google Fiber brings with TV offerings, controlling the TV with a tablet in new ways, offering 2TB of online storage and so on.
One thing that this all reminds me of, is software called QNext that I tried a long time ago and it seemed to have promise, but the biggest limiting factor was the network. It will be neat to revisit it. http://www.qnext.com/desktop.shtml
There are many things that can improve immediately, but there will still be things that take time to catch on. My list grows, but we will be in the future in Austin soon. Thanks Google.