The email nobody wants to see from campus IT

first_imgWhen I was at university, laptops were still quite an expensive device to own. The netbook hadn’t even been thought about yet, and Internet access was a privilege reserved for the computer lab. Nowadays everyone owns multiple devices that can access the web. Your phone, your tablet, a cheap laptop, or a desktop PC, they can all give you access to news, entertainment, software, and increasingly cloud services.At university the focus is as much on enjoying yourself as it is about gaining a degree. So the temptation is always there for the student with no money to download their entertainment rather than buy it. That’s where file-sharing networks come in and the free applications such as uTorrent that allows easy downloading of torrents.The problem with doing that on the university network is the IT department which logs and filters all the traffic passing through its servers. With that in mind, anyone deciding they want to watch the extended edition of Lord of the Rings, or have a weekend watching the complete Seinfeld for example, is going to set off a few alarm bells with IT when they download all that video data.Proof that this does happen and invokes a reaction comes in the form of this image shared by Reddit user DanV2 (click to enlarge).It was sent to him as a PDF attachment from his campus IT department and showed the rather large amount of data he had been downloading over the course of 24 hours earlier this year. Half the traffic was torrent downloads, and that yellow segment on the left is the traffic of everyone else. We assume it’s everyone else on the campus which shows you just how much data he managed to grab.Games, movies, a few Linux ISOs? Your guess is as good as ours as to what he actually decided to download that day.via Reddit (image courtesy of Ji-Ho on Flickr)last_img

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