Saturday, April 26, 2008

Internet penetration in are homes China vs United States

After reading an article in April 26, 2008 (IDG News Service) here are some interesting stats on the Internet in the homes in China and the United States.
China has 16% of its residents on the Internet, or about 221 million. Their are an estimated 19.1% resident Internet user world wide. The United States we has an estimated 72% of its residents on the Internet or about 218 million, as of March of 2008. We as a school district did a survey of are parents in the Unionville-Sebewaing area and found that the one survey reported 92% home penetration. We felt this was very good for a rural community.

Reference
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9080583&source=rss_news50

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Wage Survey Technology workers in Michigan

Technology Directors in K-12 Schools in Michigan

15% make from $25,000 to $40,999
20% make from $41,000 to $50,999
18% make from $51,000 to $55,999
20% make from $56,000 to $70,999
15% make from $71,000 to $85,999

32% have worked 1 to 5 years at there job
48% have worked 6 to 12 years at there job


14% have an Associates Degree
45% have a BS Degree
18% have a MA Degree

This survey was conducded by 79 technology workers in the state of Michigan on 6/26/2007
for a look at the full survey see
http://tech.usa.k12.mi.us/wage_survey.htm

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Video is it the bigest consumer of your network

We all know how much bandwidth video can consume on your network. A recent study of Internet traffic in general shows that video now makes up more traffic then was consumed by all ip traffic in the year 2000. Wow that is a huge statement, the study also showed that video consumes 40% to 50% 0f most networks traffic patterns. So what this tells me is that if we don’t start to address are WAN connection I.e. start building fiber to hook all schools together that we will have two options in the future with are LAN. Start Packet shaping and cutting back on Video traffic or face the fact that we are out of bandwidth, and watch the users come unglued when they can’t get to their needed application or the video starts to jitter.
The study referenced comes from Networkworld March 31, 2008 Issue page 8 Your Career could hinge on convergence.

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I am the Director of Technology at a K-12 School system.