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Neko Ramen

August 31st, 2009

By way of an introduction, here's a very incomplete list of things I like:

  • Cats
  • Ramen

Armed with this information, you can probably see why a cartoon series called Neko Ramen (noodle-soup-cat – often transliterated to 'neko rahmen', with an 'h', for some reason) appeals to me. And it is quite wonderful. Here's episode one, courtesy of a website that allows embedding – the subtitles are a bit crap, but you get the idea:

The whole series is available with better subtitles on the legal-anime-streaming site Crunchroll – here.

Random broadband facts:

August 15th, 2009

I'm researching an article on the history of broadband. A few interesting things I've come across:

  • In 2000 a 512Mbps Blueyonder connection cost £50/month
  • In 2001 broadband accounted for less than 1% of UK internet connections. 81% were dial-up (ONS)
  • By 2005 half of UK connections were broadband (ONS)
  • In 2009 56% of UK households have broadband access (ONS), and the average UK connection speed is 3746Kbps (Akamai)
  • Virgin is currently testing <200Mbps FTTC, with BT working on VDSL.

Not bad going. But on the other hand: the average connection speed in South Korea, Q1 2009 is 10956Kbps, with SK and Japan both offering >100Mbps consumer products today (SK uses VDSL, Japan has a strange FTTC-like infrastructure). That's fast.