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January 15, 2007

Contemplate Your Internet Traffic

Packet Garden is an application that builds a world from your Internet traffic.

"Packet Garden takes note of all the servers you visit, their geographical location and the kinds of data you access. Uploads make hills and downloads valleys, their location determined by numbers taken from internet address itself. The size of each hill or valley is based on how much data is sent or received. Plants are also grown for each protocol detected by the software; if you visit a website, an 'HTTP plant' is grown. If you share some files via eMule, a 'Peer to Peer plant' is grown, and so on."

The software, available for Linux, Mac and Windows, demos an interesting way to visualize your traffic stats. The evolving planet can be contemplated for hours as it looks unexpectedly beautiful.

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