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The year in bandwidth

I collect data usage statistics on my home broadband connection using a script that polls my router's WAN interface counters via SNMP once a minute. Since I have all this data lying around, I thought it might be neat to chart my broadband usage for 2010 and get an idea of how much of a bandwidth hog I am. My usage includes lots of movie streaming, VoIP phone calls, and work-related applications (since I work from home).

My total usage in 2010 was about 209 GB of download and 24 GB of upload, for a monthly average of about 17 GB and 2 GB, respectively.