For those of you who don't know, I'm based in Australia. Even though I do a considerable amount of work for TweakTown (Senior News Editor, PRs, Tweakipedia, Ask the Experts, multi-monitor content, multi-GPU content, reviewing mobile devices and much more) - being based in Australia can be quite hard.
I'm far away from events, and our Internet really sucks. Well, working from home is both a blessing and a curse. For one, I'm home with my wife and daughters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While I absolutely love this, it can really cut into my work time. I also find it incredibly hard to differentiate between work and play time, as they're all the same when you're at home.
Not only that, but Australia is notoriously bad for its copper-based Internet services. I'm stuck on an 8Mbps connection with 384Kbps up, meaning I can only download at around 850KB/sec and upload at around 30KB/sec. I'm uploading images and videos daily, which really restricts what I can do - and working from home is hurt by it.
Well, we just signed a lease on a new place which is around 25 minutes away from where I live - with a two-car garage that I am converting into a home office. It has ducted vents for heating and cooling, and enough space to setup a bunch of tables for all of my work - including the amount of table space required for what I do - especially multi-monitor content.
But the best part of it all, is that I get access to the National Broadband Network, or NBN. The NBN is the kind-of-equivalent to Google Fiber, where it offers some insane speeds at great costs. I have access to a Tier 5 connection, which means I get a guaranteed 100/40Mbps connection - virtually unheard of Down Under.
Right now, I'm paying $149.95 for my 8Mbps/384Kbps connection with 1TB of data cap, but with the new 100/40Mbps plan - I opted for a Business NBN connection with a better SLA with uploads not counted - costing $154.95 per month. This is $5 more than what I pay now, for a connection that is hundreds of times faster.
If I had opted for the normal consumer 1TB plan at 100/40Mbps, it would've cost a measly $99.95 per month - some $50 cheaper than what I'm paying now, for a connection that is magnitudes faster.
My office is half packed right now, with the removalists coming on Thursday to finish it all off. My NBN connection goes live on the 21st of May, a week before I fly to Taipei to cover Computex again. I'm excited to move and finally get some truly world-class Internet, so you can expect much more video content from me.
In the coming months, I'm going to acquire a 4K-capable camera, and begin shooting some incredibly detailed videos which I'll make available in 4K for those with the right monitors. If not, 1440p and 1080p users will still be able to enjoy it - but 4K is coming and it is coming quick.