How much data does FaceTime & FaceTime Audio Use?

In the world of LTE data caps, I had this question so I thought I would look into it.

From what I have researched…

  • FaceTime uses around 3MB per minute.
  • FaceTime Audio only uses around .6MB per minute.

So basically FaceTime Audio uses about 1/5 the amount of data per minute that full blown FaceTime uses.

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

YouTube data usage.

YouTube_logo-oldA while ago I researched Netflix data usage per hour and posted an article about it.

This time around I wanted to research YouTube data usage.

Here are the average usages per hour based on streaming quality…
240p ~ 150 MB
360p ~ 250 MB
480p ~ 400 MB
720p ~ 800-900 MB
1080p ~ 1.2 -1.4 GB


I got my information from this tom’s hardware post. Thanks
engineersnitk for the details.

Monday, June 29th, 2015

I got a new job.


This has been a wild past two weeks. Actually… it’s been a wild 6+ months. I have been looking for a new job the past 6 months or so. I have felt the prompting in many ways to move on to something new. It’s been a hard process that I didn’t enjoy one bit but it was worth it! It’s been a hard decision for me because I have been at ABC for so long, it feels like family and I don’t know any other culture.

Friday, was my last day at ABC, after 15+ years –I am off to something new. Today, was my first day at software company IQMS in Paso Robles. It was quite a first day with information overload but everyone was very friendly and encouraging. It seems like this is a great place to work– everyone seems to love their job. I’m excited to see what this new opportunity brings for me and my family.

My prayer requests are that I would be able to learn the new software quickly and that I would be able to remember the names of every new person I meet (I’m really bad with names!)

Thanks for reading and Thanks for your prayers!

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Netflix data usage.


I’m a BIG fan of Netflix, I have been for years. Ever wonder how much data it uses so you don’t go over your small (and overly expen$ive) data cap on your mobile data plan? Data overages can get expensive very quickly if you don’t have an unlimited account.

I found an article by Netflix  that shows the different versions of video quality settings and the estimated data each uses per hour.

Here is the break down below…

Low… 310 MB per hour
Medium… SD: 720 MB per hour
High… best video quality, up to 3 GB per hour for HD, 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD

For more information about Netflix usage and how to adjust your account settings to stay under your bandwidth cap, check out this article.

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Will Ferrell plays for 10 MLB teams in one day.

Some of the baseball world is divided on this but I think it’s pretty cool! Will Ferrell got the chance to take on spring training. 5 games, 10 teams/positions and the best part… playing catcher for my San Francisco Giants. Check out all the post on twitter with the official hashtag: #FerrellTakesTheField

An overview on his journey via social media by

A pretty good summary video by recap article with video

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Hyper app – YouTube for Windows 8


Since beginning my Windows 8 journey just a month or so ago, I have run into a few app that I just can’t live without in the Windows 8 world. One of those apps is “Hyper“. It’s a 3rd party youtube app that is made for the Windows 8 metro experience.

One of it’s key features is that you can pin your favorite subscriptions to it’s home screen. This lets me see the latest episodes of a few of the podcasts/vlogs that I follow daily, right when the app starts up. When subscribed to 180+ youtube channels like me, this is a huge help in finding the channels I want to see the most. Another key feature is uninterrupted background playback. This means if you switch to check your email or whatever, it still plays the audio in the background. This also works great for listening to music on youtube in the background when doing something else. The app has a really clean design and is built from the ground up for touch.

This app is free with minimal ads and available in the windows app store.
Just search for “hyper” or find more info here.


Thursday, February 19th, 2015

How this Windows 7 fan feels right at home on Windows 8

Windows 8 since it’s release has freaked me out. I can see what Microsoft was thinking. I mean iOS and Android’s touchscreen platforms are very successful. Why not try to compete? But for Microsoft to completely force everyone to forget about how Windows worked in the past and embrace the whole metro interface is craziness! (I think Microsoft finally got the memo as Windows 10 has just been announced and doesn’t force you into the metro world anymore.) For me Windows 7 is great! It’s fast, lean and mean. So when I got my HP Pavilion x360 a month ago that came with Windows 8.1 I was a little resistant. I have always loved my classic start menu, but with Windows 8 it is nowhere to be found… until I found Classic Shell.

What is Classic Shell you may ask? As their website states “Classic Shell™ is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it.” Keywords are FREE and THE WAY YOU LIKE IT. This sweet little application brings back the classic start menu and all it’s glory. The coolest part is that you don’t have to say goodbye to the metro tiles and apps. They can still be reached from the charms bar by swiping in from the right of the screen. I enjoy the metro Netflix and Youtube apps– I’m glad there is still a way to use them as well. So really you’re getting the best of both worlds!

I would suggest trying Classic Shell on your Windows 8 machine. It’s easy and quick to install, it’s freeware and even easy to uninstall if you don’t end up liking it for some reason.

Friday, February 6th, 2015