April 28th 2007 Throttling YouTube

It seems as though ISR, Bucknell’s tech department, throttled streaming video, because video from sites like YouTube streams at a snail’s pace until late at night. Rumor has it that streaming video was taking up around 70% of the available bandwidth at any given time.

And all I can say is it’s about time.

That’s right, I admit it; I am not a fan of YouTube. Yes, I know, I am the only college student that doesn’t watch YouTube religously. But I just don’t get the appeal of it.

Granted, some things on it are pretty funny, such as Star Wars Gangsta Rap II or videos of Monzy, my favorite nerdcore artist. But overall, I can’t really see why everyone is so wild about it. I mean, they’re basically just other people’s home movies, after all.

But that’s cool if other people want to watch it. I have no problem with that. Except that it cuts into my hobby of downloading excessively large files. That’s right—I just download large files for fun sometimes. Some people have a $100 a day habit; I have a 100GB a day habit.

Now, if only ISR would block Ventrilo twenty-four hours a day, I’d be set.