book projects and living with lag

04/18/06 at 12:56 pm | Posted in INQUIRER.net, Tech | 2 Comments

Finished the first draft of the final chapters of my e-business book over the Holy Week break.

This morning I submitted the first draft of my essay for another book to which I've been invited to contribute. More on that once the publisher publicly announces the project, which is hush-hush for now. But it's a refreshing change because this book is not technology-related.

You can also check out my INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece for this week. Here's an excerpt:

Even today, however, when broadband services such as DSL (digital subscriber line) and cable Internet have become more affordable, we still have to face the biggest foe of online gaming and true convergence, which is, yup, you guessed it, Lag the Unconquerable.

I’m really at a loss to figure out why we have to endure lag if we’re already paying a premium to subscribe to a broadband connection. Yeah, yeah, I know all about the multiple hops, and all the yadda yadda yadda technical reasons lag exists. What I want to know is why our infrastructure providers aren’t doing something about it. Why do they keep talking about the wonders of convergence and getting consumers excited over different multimedia applications, only to make us frustrated because of the horrible lag?

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  1. Even Smart’s 3G service at trial isn’t really good. Maybe you should look into Globe’s Visibility service that offers HSDPA (aka 3.5G).

  2. hey jerome, great to hear from you!

    i haven’t really tested smart 3g — though ive seen it in action ‘coz my fellow tech journalists erwin oliva and joel pinaroc keep showing off their 3g phones, heh. so i can’t pass judgment yet, but at any rate our corporate account is with smart.

    i do plan to test globe’s 3g service to compare. yeah, last year when we were in kl, the ericsson execs were saying countries like the philippines will be “lucky” in the sense that 3g and hsdpa will most likely be introduced at the same time, allowing us to leapfrog. i know smart’s also already talking about hsdpa.

    ‘course, all this talk won’t amount to much if the infra isn’t there, and don’t even get me started on what passes for customer service here, arghh!


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