Bandwidth Dreams

I recently got word from my “kids” that the 200GB monthly quota on my Vodafone ADSL account was already finished, with 9 days left for the month to end. This, in spite of the many blackouts and though I’ve personally not been at home for most of January (I’m actually writing this from Meaglent Hotel).

My Vodafone Ghana ADSL Bandwidth Usage January 2015
My Vodafone Ghana ADSL Bandwidth Usage January 2015: 200GB consumed in 20 days

No, there’s no reporting error here, as you can see from the usage graph above. The data was indeed consumed — by these “kids” of mine who hang around my apartment (whether I’m in or not). As the Akan adage goes, “when you have corn, you’re never without fowls!”

And no, I don’t believe the answer lies in erecting speed ramps and roadblocks. I consider Internet a basic necessity, right up there with shelter. While I don’t open my house to just anyone, the few that I do let in don’t get half a bed, and they certainly don’t get told how often they can use the loo .

I long for the day when ADSL caps will go away completely, and the day that the local WISPs who don’t have such data caps will find a way to do away with their show-stopping initial installation charges.

I also yearn for the day when the cellular folks, including the recently launched WiMax and LTE operators (especially the latter, who are currently making so much noise about nothing), will awake from their dreams and begin to charge realistic rates. For all the noise I hear about Surfline’s 4G service, no one is talking about their rather prohibitive bandwidth rates. With Surfline, the 200GB that I consume monthly would cost me GHS1,780 — yes that’s ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED EIGHTY NEW GHANA CEDIS. With Vodafone ADSL I pay GHS200.

Oh Elvis, how exciting those days — your days — will be!

But today I can only dream my bandwidth dreams, and hope that I wouldn’t have to hope for long; as that would make my achy breaky heart sick.

From Microsoft SkyDrive to Microsoft OneDrive

My company (Amenfis Communications) is a Microsoft Cloud Solutions partner, and though we have no real need to, we’ve found it prudent to use some of Microsoft’s cloud services internally just so we can have real experience with the products, and thereby be able to offer better support to our clients.

Needless to say the Microsoft stuff is a tiny fraction of what we do, and as such I don’t pay much attention to what happens in that part of the tehnosphere. So I was surprised when, seemingly out of the blues, I received an email announcing OneDrive as the new name for Microsoft’s admittedly decent online storage service we all know as SkyDrive.

Microsoft OneDrive

Why The SkyDrive to OnDrive Rebrand

Despite all the fun we IT folks, especially those of us deep in the *nix and open source world, like to poke about Microsoft and the Windows operating systems, the company makes a lot of good, even great, stuff. They couldn’t have grown so big if millions of people and corporations did not find value in what they offer.

But one thing the Redmond, Washington company seems to have trouble with is brand consistency when it comes to its online services. The search engine we know today as Bing was originally called MS Search. Then it was rebanded as Windows Live Search. Then Live Search.

SkyDrive was previously known as Windows Live SkyDrive, and before then Windows Live Folders. And now OneDrive. I won’t even go into the whole Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Hotmail confusion.

This time though, it appears Microsoft didn’t have a choice but to stop using the faily established SkyeDrive brand. The reason? Last year the company lost a UK lawsuit filed by the British broadcaster, British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB), who owns the trademarked name “Sky”. Rather than appeal or settle, Microsoft decided to re-brand, just as they did with the “Metro” name for it’s Windows 8 apps and design language to avoid a lawsuit.

What About SkyDrive Pro? Is there OneDrive Pro?

Microsoft OneDrive for Business

For business users using Office 365 and SharePoint Online, note that there’s no OneDrive Pro. Skydrive Pro has been re-branded as OneDrive for Business. That said, the desktop and mobile clients are currently haven’t experienced the brand-wash yet, they’re still available as Skydrive Pro.

What Should You Do To Switch Over?

Nothing. That’s right, you don’t need to take any action at all to transition from SkyDrive to OneDrive. This is a simple branding change, and should not have any impact on users. So just continue to use the service as you always have: your online account has already switched over, and next time your desktop or mobile software updates itself, you’ll see OneDrive (or OneDrive for Business) instead of SkyDrive (or SkyDrive Pro).

Never used SkyDrive before? You can signup for the re-branded service at OneDrive.com and get 7GB of online storage for free. And if you’re one of those who have succumbed to Microsoft’s dirty tactics to get people to search with Bing, you can even convert some of your Bing / Microsoft Points into OneDrive storage, up to a total of 100GB.

Looking for A Few Crazy Young People

To all the crazy young men and women in Accra (Ghana), both suites and t-shirts, I’m looking for a few of you to work on various projects: exciting opportunities that I want to see come to life and thrive in the marketplace.

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By “crazy”, I don’t mean crazy crazy, if you know what I mean. I don’t need whiners or lazy people. I need smart and hardworking young people who can see through the hazy business climate and the seemingly insurmountable barriers to greatness in our dear country, and devotedly press on towards the goal.

I’m excited about exploring various technologies to solve common challenges in our society: from farming to education and a whole lot in-between. If that rings a bell in your inner self, please do get in touch with me on 0244772723 or email: george at this domain. I have a few ideas ad projects under way already, but feel free to bring your own to the table.

We don’t have a Googleplex or self-driven company buses yet. But I assure you — you will be well taken care of, if you happen to be the right fit for us. Please do get in touch with me on 0244772723 or email: george at this domain.

Dedication: To The Crazy Ones

This website, along with every word that will ever be published in it in the years to come, is dedicated to all the crazy ones in the world. To the misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. To all those who are not fond of rules, and those who have no respect for the status quo.

I am building this website to give you the tools you need to change the world.

Apple’s Think Different Commercial

The crazy ones in the above dedication come from the commercial “Think Different”, the video of which is embedded below.

“Think different” (often referred to by the opening line “Here’s to the crazy ones”) was the slogan of an advertising campaign launched by Apple Inc (formerly Apple Computer Inc) in 1997. The campaign, created by the Los Angeles office of advertising agency TBWAChiatDay, was used in television commercials and print advertisement for Apple products until it was discontinued with the start of the Apple Switch ad campaign in 2002.

Below is the full text of the commercial:

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. - Apple Inc.