covid impact on internet traffic

Interesting report on changes in internet traffic over the last month. Some things are obvious, like the huge increase in streaming video and videoconferencing. Some are less so, like the shift from phones back to desktops (if you’re at home anyway, might as well use the larger screen and keyboard) & increased interest in local(ish) news sites.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/07/technology/coronavirus-internet-use.html via https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/7/21211960/coronavirus-covid19-pandemic-apps-facebook-netflix-zoom-new-york-times

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Someone pulled thread necromancy on an old (like 2011) blog post about The Flash with …

Someone pulled thread necromancy on an old (like 2011) blog post about The Flash with lots of comments. On, topic, thoughtful, respectful of disagreements.

OK, posting approved!

20 minutes later: Tearing through more old posts from years ago and posting things like “Nah bro” and “Yeah you wish” and such.

*plonk*

Nope, sorry, you go back in moderation jail.

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Covid-adjacent/TP

Interesting point about toilet paper shortages: toilet paper sold for home use and toilet paper sold for businesses isn’t made or packaged the same way…and all those people who used to be spending some of their trips to the bathroom at work, at a restaurant, wherever, are doing all of them at home. Which means yes, we actually are using more home-grade TP (and less commercial-grade).

https://marker.medium.com/what-everyones-getting-wrong-about-the-toilet-paper-shortage-c812e1358fe0

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Neighbor kids are singing Into the Unknown at the top of their lungs

Neighbor kids are singing Into the Unknown at the top of their lungs. They don’t have Idina Menzel’s range either, but at least it’s a change from 4 months of Bohemian Rhapsody with the occasion break for We are the Champions.

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Oh wait, they just switched over to We Are the Chanpions.

*Sigh*

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The piano player had gotten a lot better with practice. The singer hasn’t ☹️

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covid-adjacent/fitness trackers

Was thinking about how my step count is waaaaay down just from staying home, but I’m still wearing the tracker for heart rate. Wondered what else it might be able to infer & went looking…

Turns out some newer fitness trackers can measure oxygen saturation.
How your Apple, WearOS, and Fitbit smartwatch can help track your coronavirus symptoms

Imagine hooking that up to an alert for someone who’s been treating at home to catch worsening symptoms early

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