Another miracle has been bestowed! This one was not sent from the Archangel Amazon, as was the last, but from the missionaries and monks at Comcast/Xfinity Corporation and Convent. This was the message I received, not in a vision or dream, but an email. “We’re on a mission to improve your experience, and that means making sure you have the Internet speeds you need to save time and do more of what you love. That’s why we’ve increased your speed at no extra cost. So, go ahead – simply restart your modem to enjoy your new speed.” Not that I don’t have faith, but I did check the details and fine print – absolutely no trial period and my speed was doubled. It is a true blessing. Do I deserve this? Actually, the timing could not be better.
I video conference at least once a week and always keep tabs on the amount of bandwidth to make sure connections are clear. However, as I continue to learn about bandwidth, I’m finding there is more to consider and the weight of responsibility grows to learn more. Here is Techtarget.com’s seemingly simple definition for bandwidth. “In computer networks, bandwidth is used as a synonym for data transfer rate, the amount of data that can be carried from one point to another in a given time period (usually a second).” However, this note is added to the definition. “Note that bandwidth is not the only factor that affects network performance: There is also packet loss, latency, and jitter, all of which degrade network throughput and make a link perform like one with lower bandwidth. A network path usually consists of a succession of links, each with its own bandwidth, so the end-to-end bandwidth is limited to the bandwidth of the lowest speed link (the bottleneck).”
In reading the added note, I felt the burden of more knowledge - bless the Geeks. But also, I believed I was truly in sync with the Source for I innately understood the meaning of packet loss, latency, and jitter, and not only for video conferencing. I understood the idea of packet loss. Just this afternoon, I mentally lost the data packet carrying the name of the movie series I wanted to share with my sister. I know it’s out there somewhere. (The Google God knows where, I'm sure.) As for latency I often witness this when I’m in conversation with someone, especially when sharing a new idea. In my eagerness for a response or approval, I’ll prod with the question, “Don’t you think so?” Now I know it’s not my overzealous nature or seeking approval, it’s latency. Techtarget.com agrees with my impatience as it states, “Ideally, latency is as close to zero as possible.” I knew this.
Then there is the question of jitter. I’ve been experiencing jitter for several weeks as I work on an important project. The jitter has been the self-crosstalk, internet surfing and scrolling around, and any devilish deviation I can muster when I am stumped on how to proceed with an idea, which I have been. Now I know bandwidth and the speed it provides is only the beginning to streaming a clear chorus of communication. We are only human, but for the ability of the Server to perform as intended there has to be little to no interference, as close to zero as possible, to make way for divine inspiration. Amen.
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