Thursday, May 15, 2008

Progress - in bytes per second

Just over 10 years ago I had a good day connected to the internet. I was on a dial-up ISP getting a 57,600 bps connection speed. I was on for nearly 15 hours and received over 151 Megabytes! WOW! Before I disconnected I took a screen shot for posterity.

I recently downloaded some ISOs of Ubuntu Linux on my broadband cable connection. The download of about 524 Megabytes took maybe 10 minutes and maxed out at 1,027 KB/sec. Not to shabby for a sustained speed.

I just did a speed test and got an astounding 9151 kb/sec! If my math is correct, that's an increase of 9,313,024, or 16,168%!! I guess I shouldn't expect less from a 10 year gap. It's just too bad that I can't drive 161 times faster than I did in '98. (But I think gas prices are trying to keep up!)

I can't wait until fiber is competitively priced.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, excellent screen shot to keep around. Just watch how old the second one will look a few years from now...

What's up with all that Linux stuff? Making the move to the dark side?? ;-)