Science Fiction NOW: "StarLink" and Other New Technologies by denmarkguy

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· @denmarkguy ·
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Science Fiction NOW: "StarLink" and Other New Technologies
A couple of days ago, I got an email to let me know that a *Beta* version of the *"Starlink"* satellite Internet service is now available in our area.

![054-Lavender-HSPConclusions.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmU7ReR2QHww9L3FpMBjyhDSbMYfqQMzRSnvZaKDzzehwj/054-Lavender-HSPConclusions.jpg)
*Mt. Shasta and lavender fields*

I guess we were chosen for this since I must have subscribed to some kind of Space-X newsletter or email service, at some times, *and* we live in one of those semi-remote areas where Internet service is a bit dodgy at times.

Whereas the idea of global Internet is appealing  — at least *on paper* — I'm not sure we'll be signing up for this service anytime soon. 

At $499 for the initial equipment and then $99 a month for service that's actually *slower* than we currently get via our cable Internet service it's not exactly a stellar deal. And that fact that it's very cool and slightly surreal to watch the *"train"* of satellites in the night sky when they are being deployed... feeling like I am on the cutting edge where science *fiction* is about to become science *fact* isn't really a currency I care much about...

![054-Shasta-HSPConclusions.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmb7NyHKCZSRVUvjUYALsHeuRrf12zonar6MF167Rw9EUf/054-Shasta-HSPConclusions.jpg)
*Mountain forest, northern California*

So, probably going to give this one a pass for the time being... but I'll keep watching. Maybe if it becomes truly *competitive* I'll reconsider.

Something else I *also* am not likely to get into is a new smartphone with *"augmented reality."*

I have enough trouble with this reality *as is,* so I think I'll pass. Sure, a phone with *depth sensors* sounds mildly interesting if have a job like home design, or you move around a lot and want to see what your furniture will look like in a new space you're thinking about moving to. 

Again, this is one of those new technologies I can look at and agree that it's definitely *cool,* but then I can't really find enough *functional applications* to warrant caring very much.

![055-Lake-Privacy.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmX3XHkbJNGfsQtuqBVedLNibo2tV8kXxTHptKJewDd1uK/055-Lake-Privacy.jpg)
*Flathead Lake, Montana*

Meanwhile, I hope nobody's panicking too much about the crypto markets! When you feel inlcined to freak out because Bitcoin is *down,* keep in mind that as recently as the 2nd week of January, BTC reached a high of $42,000 and within 48 hours was down to near $30,000... and yet, just a few days ago we were at $58,000. 

These market do *NOT* rise at a stable pace... but remember that when you *hold* most assets for long enough, the result tends to be one of *gain.* And yes, I realize it's very easy to get caught up in the emotions of these major rises and falls. 

Since I am not actually a *seller* anytime soon, I'm just going to hold on, for the *long* run!

Thanks for reading, and have a great remainder of your week!

***How about YOU? Are you familiar with the StarLink Internet service? It's part of Elon Musk's Space-X initiatives? Wat sort of Internet service do you use now? Give me a shout back... Because — after all — SOCIAL content is about interacting, right? Leave a comment — share your experiences — be part of the conversation!***

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@kiwiscanfly · (edited)
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I heard about that internet service the other day, i use so called full speed broadband here.

But with 3 others in the house (2 being teenage kids) its seems sometimes like i have a 14.4k modem

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Would be good to know how much faster this new service is.

*We need to Elon Musk to say steemit is the best social network on the planet haha*
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@denmarkguy ·
Hah! I remember those old cradle modems... at the risk of *"dating"* myself, I remember dialing up the University of Texas student mainframe from my college apartment on one of those... in *1982.*

We live in one of those areas that has sketchy service, so SkyLink *sounded* interesting... but it's less service for more money, at this point.

I know what you mean about bandwidth... our 31-year old son lives with us during his annual *"winter furlough"* from his Parks and Rec job and he's playing Assassin's Creed pretty much 24/7... last year we got a serious extra bill a couple months, for having used 1.8 *Terabytes* of bandwidth while he was here...
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@venturabogarin ·
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Hola buen dia, ley lo q le enviaron por correo de un nuevo ingreso a la tecnologia satelital y del nuevo telefono, estoy de acuerdo con usted y es mejor esperar un tiempo a ver como se desenvuelve...Dios le Bendiga.
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@denmarkguy ·
Thanks for visiting... yes, the technology is untested at this point, so we shall wait a while and see how it develops.
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