The Merging Worlds of Television and Internet

When the Internet was still in its infancy, all those 15 years or so ago, web pages mostly consisted of hyperlinked text, some .jpg or .gif images, and some.midi files to keep your audio interest. Sure, you could download MP3 files, but embedding them into web pages was still something of a novelty.

And video? Well, you could view some ten second clips, but the lag time was enormous, and that’s even if you could sit through the endless “buffering” span. If you wanted to watch television, for the most part, you still had to watch an actual television.

Today, television and movies can be streamed, almost seamlessly, through your Internet broadband connection. Practically every major television news outlet has annoying video windows that just automatically play in the right or left margin of their home page, if not smack dab right in the middle. Video has become such a commonplace fixture of the Internet that we now practically take it for granted.

But, most people also watch television as well, whether via satellite or cable, because sitting on the couch in front of a big screen TV is often preferable to curling up and squinting into the far smaller screen of a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

With that said, the worlds of Internet video and television continue to merge relentlessly. While some people still steadfastly rely on computer monitors, most individuals with even a minute understanding of technology realize that almost all modern flat panel televisions can also be used as computer monitors, and that laptops and even smartphones can be used to relay Internet video to television screens.

Until only recently, connecting computers and other devices to televisions required at least some sort of hard-wired attachment. Even televisions that appeared with built-in, stripped-down computers were essentially hard-wired to allow Internet video viewing. Plus, those television/computer hybrids are impractical beasts prone to all sorts of problems. For example, if the computer component crashes, you have to take the entire television to the shop for repairs… highly inconvenient!

There are two emerging worlds of Internet and television merging that could potentially reshape the broadband and television industries. On the one hand, there are small, inexpensive boxes made specifically to bring the Internet to the television. On the other hand, there’s a growing world of wireless options that can transmit Internet content to your television from your favorite handheld devices and computers.

Consider the Roku box, for example. This relatively simple device acts as a streaming player that provides a variety of Internet-based “channels,” both on-demand and live streaming, depending on the user’s preference. Devices like the Roku box are gaining in popularity, and they continue to add functionality, such as gaming, that can only further contribute to their proliferation.

On the wireless end of the spectrum, consider Google Chromecast. With a simple USB/HDMI/antenna device, a user can turn any HDMI-equipped television into a wireless receptor for Internet content streaming from any device that’s equipped with the Google Chrome operating system or the Google Chrome Web browser. This slick little piece of technology will no doubt have competitors crawling out of the woodwork.
Finally, devices people have been using for years, like DVD and Blu-Ray players, are experimenting with embedding Internet capabilities as well, essentially making them stripped-down computers, not unlike the television/computer hybrids mentioned previously.

Story of the Internet

The story of the Internet begins with military scientists.

The launch of Sputnik in October 1957 by the Soviet Union rocked the USA’s political and military establishments. The event suggested that America was no longer the world’s leader in science and technology.

To get the USA into space, ARPA (the Advanced Research Projects Agency) was created within the US Department of Defence. But when the project to get a man on the moon began in the early 1960s, ARPA’s role was taken over by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and ARPA morphed into a sponsor of advanced research projects, a role it still plays today.

Initial Internet concepts

In the late 1950s the main fear of the US military was that its military communications could be knocked out by a nuclear attack from the USSR. The RAND Corporation was hired by the Pentagon to analyse the vulnerability of these systems and to suggest changes.

RAND came up with two ideas that would later form the basis of how data is transmitted on the Internet: (a) the concept of a distributed network made up of many servers providing files and services, and (b) the breaking of whole messages into packets that are sent separately and rejoined at their destination.

The basic idea was that military messages should be carried over a network that could still be used if an enemy missile destroyed part of the system. To make this easy, each message would be broken into blocks and each block would be sent separately, avoiding any bits of the network that aren’t working.

This is essentially the same method used today to send data on the Internet. It is known as packet-switching. All data – regardless of its content, type, or structure – is grouped into suitably-sized blocks (packets) before being transmitted.

Having many routes by which message packages could go from the sender to the receiver would ‘guarantee’ that the message gets through even if part of the network were damaged. The same concept underpins how data is transmitted in the Internet as we know it today.

The message you sent yesterday from Dublin to Beijing may have gone through Chicago. Tomorrow it could be routed though Pittsburgh. Because the Internet is a network of networks, there are literally thousands of different routes you messages can take to reach the same destination.

The distributed military communications network suggested by RAND was never built. However ARPA put the concept to good use by using it to create links between research establishments.

A Comparison Among ADSL, Cable, and USB Internet Connections

Staying connected to the online world has become a necessity for everyone nowadays. From leisure to work and even to socialization, it pays to be always connected. Currently, there are a lot of internet plans that various internet providers offer. Some of the most popular types of internet connection access nowadays are the ADSL Internet, Cable Internet, and the USB Powered Internet Connections.

With the rampant changes in technology that affect our productivity and everyday transactions, choosing the most efficient type of internet plan for your work or play is a must. There are already various choices to choose from and here is a guide on how you can pick one that is most perfect for your needs.

DSL is a phone modem that connects computers to a phone line to access, process, and transmit digital data. A landline phone is still needed for you to make use of the DSL plan. It provides faster internet speed as it is connected directly to the digital data that enables the connection. DSL connection’s availability might vary in some areas. This is a good option if you would want to have internet connection and a home phone in your home office at half the price. Home phone internet bundles available nowadays might be perfect for your communication needs, whether online or offline.

In terms of cable internet, on the other hand, it can be accessed through the cable TV connection where the line is available to transmit the digital data needed for internet connectivity. Nowadays, cable providers offer these services in a bundle promo and can come in various packages. The more expensive ones offer faster online access while cheaper ones can also provide a considerably decent connection speed. It may also be faster as it’s directly accessing everything through the cable line. However, just like DSL connections, the availability for cable internet and its speed vary per area. Most of the time, a cable connection cannot be accessed in remote areas due to signal concerns.

Last but not the least, for the on-the-go online browsing that can be accessed anytime and anywhere, USB internet plans are on the trend. This requires a flash drive called a dongle that can be connected to a laptop to access the internet in the user’s most convenient place and time. Unlike DSL and Cable connections, the USB internet connection is wireless and does not require any landline or cable TV for it to be useful. Still, it acts on the pure signal from the provider and internet connection speed might also vary depending on the location.

Internet Business Mindset: The Linchpin to Success

Have you ever questioned whether your efforts to build an internet business are wasted and concluded that you will never succeed? Have you ever thought about what you must have done wrong because you are not earning money like the successful entrepreneurs who advertise their products or programs on the internet? Have you ever felt that you have seen too many ads about making money on the internet? There are answers to these questions that first start with the premise that you can succeed in the internet business with the right mindset.

Is there a common trait among successful people? The answer is that it is their mindset. A mindset is a person’s fixed frame of reference. It is the way that a person approaches life and how that person addresses problems and challenges. It is the key to success or to failure. A person’s mindset is either one of their greatest strengths or one of their greatest weaknesses. The choice is yours. If your mindset is a positive one-persistent and focused at what you are doing and continually learning-it will carry you a long way towards succeeding. If your mindset is negative, then you will convince yourself that your efforts are wasted and not worth diligently pursuing, and the result is likely to be failure.

The purpose of this article is to delve into what is a successful mindset.

Motivation to succeed. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” Confucius. To start in the internet business is difficult without the knowledge about it or the followers on your website. It is a difficult journey to learn, to develop a niche and a website with traffic, particularly with the gurus telling you how easy it is and that they have the answers for you to succeed in a short time. So, on the one hand you are working at building a business which is a slow process, and, on the other hand, you feel bombarded with advertisements about how there are “secrets” as to how you can quickly succeed. That kind of conflict leads to frustration and disappointment. You may ask what you are doing wrong because you are not anywhere near as successful as the experts talking about their products or programs. The answer is that you are not doing anything wrong because this is the building stage where there will be roadblocks and pitfalls. To be successful, you need to believe in yourself-to have faith in your abilities and conviction that you can do it. We become how we think. So, you need the right mindset. It is your choice. Believe in yourself and have the boldness, persistence, dedication and willingness to sacrifice. Willingness is not enough, but it takes work. Knowledge about the internet business is not enough, it must be applied.

Motivation gets you started, and then it is a positive, healthy mindset that keeps you going. It makes you get up in the morning with determination. Once you have the commitment, then determination and hard work will provide the keys to reaching your goals with your business. Work hard and have goals so that you know where you are going and then opportunities will be created. You are going to make mistakes, but have the courage to resist fears and frustrations. Maintain the desire to be successful. What you do today with your business plants the seeds for your tomorrows. Focus on learning and not being defeated by lack of progress or mistakes. Prepare a plan and stick to that plan.