Embracing the Slower Side of Life

In the spirit of expanding my writing style and audience, I recently wrote this piece for the Summer issue of Mountaineer Magazine. It’s provided in full here, but is also available on their blog at https://www.mountaineers.org/blog/embracing-the-slower-side-of-life. There’s something truly wonderful about not knowing what lies over the next ridge, or how to get there. If I climbContinue reading “Embracing the Slower Side of Life”

Page-Load-Time and Page Utility

In the Web business world, it’s well understood that page-load metrics (e.g. time-to-paint, time-to-responsiveness, etc.) drive engagement. Multiple studies (internal and external) show that even slight increases in load-time can turn off a large percent of eyeballs, and contribute to users exiting a page or even just failing to check-out after filling their cart atContinue reading “Page-Load-Time and Page Utility”

What Can You Do With 1 Mbps?

The Internet connection in Bokondini is a 1 Mbps satellite connection with a 10:1 contention ratio, which means that actual speeds can get as low as 100 Kbps. We haven’t been to Bok since we turned on the network, but when we were there, we had pretty much unlimited access for the three of us,Continue reading “What Can You Do With 1 Mbps?”

Bokondini Initial Roll-Out

All right! Where I left off last time, we had just built the network, turned it off, and headed back to the States (just in time for another round of pitches and conferences). Once back in Seattle, we expected a relatively quick roll-out, but ended up having to pump the brakes while some regulatory questionsContinue reading “Bokondini Initial Roll-Out”

Our Time In Bokondini

First and foremost: a sincere apology to everyone following along! After we left for Papua, everything picked up a lot of steam and was a bit uncertain, and the pace didn’t let up until the end of the year. It’s really a shame I didn’t live-blog the process, but in the next posts I’ll tryContinue reading “Our Time In Bokondini”

CoLTE Won Third Place In The Mozilla WINS Challenge!

I’m thrilled to announce that CoLTE received third place in the Mozilla Wireless Innovations for a Networked Society challenge! The finalist competition was a super fun science-fair-esque bake off, full of different projects and working on bridging the digital divide and helping expand connectivity. https://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/telecom/wireless/mozilla-and-nsf-hand-out-16-million-to-wireless-challenge-winners