Tuesday, August 12, 2008

AudioVerse is Bad

Most readers of this blog will probably be shocked to find such a blog title from me. That is because they know that I have been an loyal fan of AudioVerse ever since its inception. In fact, I have avidly promoted AudioVerse as I've traveled domestically or overseas. What more, I have many sermons on AudioVerse myself! But, I've come to the realization that AudioVerse is not always a good thing. In fact, I've learned that it can even be a bad thing. Please allow me to explain.

Here at Ouachita Hills we have a unique arrangement for internet access. The entire campus' computers share one satellite connection, which has a service provider imposed 30-day bandwidth limit. In other words, we have a limit of the total amount of data we can download through this satellite internet connection and we share this limit with every single computer on campus. If we exceed the 30-day limit, the service provider scales back our speed to the equivalent of a 56k dial-up connection for a certain period of time (not indefinitely, but had to explain). Imagine that--for the ENTIRE CAMPUS.

Here at Ouachita Hills, a high concentration of the student body are also avid AudioVerse fans. (You can see where this is headed.) I learned in staff meeting yesterday that we have had trouble in recent times with students (particularly the male, college variety of which I was recently one) downloading copious amounts of sermons online. So much so, that it caused a surpassing of the bandwidth limit several times plunging the entire campus' back to sharing a 56k connection. Needless to say this wreaked havoc on all the work that needed to be done via the Web, and drove the inhabitants to undescribable anguish and frustration.

So you see, AudioVerse is sometimes bad...but you also see that there is no doubt that we at Ouachita Hills love AudioVerse!


Linus Wee said...

haha... I can relate to that.. during my studies in australia, where our internet plans was not only based on the internet speeds that we would get, but the amount of bandwidth that we would suck up, and this came in offpeak (2am - 8am) and peak sessions (8am - 2am).

Downloading videos or even audio files would put a strain onto it..

Be afraid... and be very cautious... :)

However, in other places like singapore for example... download quota is F.O.C :) So yeah... its power overwhelming for us :P

But people in those (limited) regions tend to put a lot of attention on the sermons that they download.. and they really cherish it :) Unlike the *usually* ungrateful/complacent/ignorant lot back here XD

Tim said...

Audioverse loves Ouachita Hills too!

Joel said...

Hmmm, sounds like the problem could possibly be solved by having a central download/access point. There could one computer in a computer lab where all the downloads are automatically downloaded via podcast and then everyone could copy the sermons from that computer. In this way, the bandwidth is used for only one sermon download rather than for that same sermon to be downloaded 20 times, for example. This could be a little bit of a hassle but most people have flash drives they could use to copy the sermons with or possibly if there is an intranet they could be shared directly through the intranet.

Anonymous said...

There are also a lot of good mp3 audio books of the Spirit of Prophecy a www.truthfortheendtime.com . Not to add to your anguish but to your joy.