Friday, April 3, 2020

Pandemic - Internet Connection Lost



These times are difficult on everyone and can be especially taxing on such things as internet service providers. Two weeks in the lock-down and my internet connection isn't as stable as it was before everyone started watching Netflix for 12 hours a day. This is a big problem for me because I'm one of the lucky few that can work from home - assuming I have a stable internet connection.

What can be done to help remedy the situation?
According to theverge.com, Netflix and Youtube have reduce the video quality in order to help alleviate internet traffic.
This is a good first step but I also am of the opinion that internet service providers should do more to limit the amount of traffic on the network by reducing the speed at which people can access the information. Most people have high speed Internets at this point, which is great, but the infrastructure in place wasn't designed to give everyone high speed, at the same time, for days at a time. This is made evident by the increase of disconnect that some people have seen in recent weeks.

Sure it's not an ideal situation but it's better to have a slower internet than to have no internet at all. A slow internet connection would still allow those that work from home (like me!) to do a lot of things. Who knows how long this lock-down is going to last... we better have something in place to have the internet working in the longer term in these circumstances.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Working From Home - Now A Possibility

It's interesting to see how many people are now able to work from home considering that just a few weeks ago their employers were against the very idea. Now employees are not only able to work from home but they're also encouraged to do so.
Once this pandemic is over, employees will now be able to go to their employers and ask to work from home - they no longer can say "this isn't possible" because of course it's possible you were just not allowing it in the past.

This idea that employees needs to be in the same building is an industrial age mentality. Before, all employees HAD to be in the same building in order to produce the work but now some of those jobs have shifted to being mostly done on computers.
Why, then, are companies still wanting their employees on site? Part of it is for ease of access to the information. When you're on site you're obviously easily accessible. Another part of it is that employers simply don't think that employees would be as productive if they worked from home. This is justified considering that I've seen this first hand with the company I worked for. About 10 years ago, the company tried to let a few people work from home and found that they were actually not working at all. Not all employees have the discipline necessary to do this.

One thing is for sure is that the Pandemic has forced changed into the business world and not all of it is bad. Hopefully, this will open the eyes to some companies to let their employees more flexibility when it comes to working from home.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Pandemic and Technology

Most of the technology available today has made the Pandemic situation a little more bearable. Some people have the ability to work from home and chat with their work peers via all sorts of software. We can entertain ourselves with all sorts of online services. We can buy pretty much anything we want online and either pick it up in store or have it delivered to us.

Sure this Pandemic has slowed things down but if something like this would of happened 30 years ago (and it has happened in our history) things would of been brought down almost to a standstill. The IT field I'm in right now didn't even exist 30 years which means that I wouldn't of been able to work from home.

Remember to stay home during these tough times as much as possible. We need to get through this!