Gigabit Internet — You Don’t Say

6 08 2012

Kansas City

When most people were able to afford broadband, I made the prediction, with Say’s Law in mind, that instead of existing webpages loading virtually instantaneously, most websites would become so loaded with goodies, rhinestones and junk that eventually a webpage in the broadband era would load just as slowly as a “Web 1.0″ page did during the dial-up era.

Can I call ‘em, or can I call ‘em?

Google is rolling out gigabit fiber in Kansas City.  Eventually, most people in most places will soon be able to get a gigabit tier.  The same thing will happen again.  People who assemble and maintain webpages will find some way to fill the bigger pipe with junk, especially in an attempt to monetize their sites.

Supply creates its own demand.

Especially happy are the firms that manufacture and sell 802.11ac WiFi hardware, which is just now starting to roll out.  The top theoretical speed of 802.11n is 600 mbps, practically far less, and all those numbers are under a gigabit.

UPDATE

As an aside, even if you now have a gigabit pipe coming into your house, or a pipe whose speeds exceed N, wait on buying an AC router.  AD is coming out soon after AC, and for awhile, some AC stuff won’t be compatible with AD, and vice versa.  Too, both AC and AD will be immature and their specifications not final for awhile.  Wait until both AC and AD are final, and there is enough A/B/G/N/AC/AD combo hardware, and that the hardware is mature.  However, if your incoming pipe is over 100 mbps, make sure both your router and your computer’s ethernet can handle gigabit wired, because a lot of routers and on-motherboard ethernet cards still don’t.

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6 08 2012
rjp

When most people were able to afford broadband, I made the prediction, with Say’s Law in mind, that instead of existing webpages loading virtually instantaneously, most websites would become so loaded with goodies, rhinestones and junk that eventually a webpage in the broadband era would load just as slowly as a “Web 1.0″ page did during the dial-up era.

You mean like a certain ethnic group’s MySpace pages?

Actually part of the problem is Flash (and it’s cousin Shockwave). I don’t know why Adobe released it, and I understand even less why it became so popular. It’s bloated to begin with and runs opposite to efficient. We wouldn’t need computers with GB’s of RAM if it weren’t for Flash. Flash isn’t able to “memory dump” well which means anything that uses it keeps growing in size.

6 08 2012
countenance

Yeah, that’s a given, the you know whos and MySpace/FB.

But it’s many sites. Yes, I think Flash is the culprit, especially a lot of sites that automatically start a Flash video, and you don’t even have a choice in the matter to keep videos from starting. To wit: Channel 5 (ksdk.com) here. And their motivation to force the video on you is obvious: The first 15-30 seconds is an ad, ergo an attempt to monetize the website.

I don’t even see Shockwave around anymore. For some strange reason, the LA Times website launches a Java applet.

I doubt HTML5 will make things much better. In fact, I think it could make it worse, because it will give everyone an incentive to embed even more video. Even if the codecs that H5 uses are more efficient than Flash.

When gigabit has a high household or individual penetration rate, then news sites will automatically force Ultra High Definition 3D video on you when you log on or read one of their news stories.

Another culprit: More and more people are using WiFi, even on their main desktop CPUs, and interference and crowding on the 2.4 GHz band is bad. As more and more WiFi duties are shifted to 5 GHz and eventually 60 GHz, that will get better.

7 08 2012
rjp

Java …… ugh.

I wish a major publisher or two would figure out that people don’t necessarily want all the multi-media. Instead take this media and watch it!

If you go to a Yahoo news article that leads to a video instead of a story, more often than not you will see people complaining because it is a link to video. Some people work, some people just want to see relevance and move on, some people don’t want to be blasted off their chair by the ad’s unnecessary volume level.

7 08 2012
Robin

If you’re running Firefox just install the AdBlocker ‘add on.’ It will block all flash and shockwave ads automatically and rapidly speed up page load times.

If you’re using IE you can download a tiny utility called HostsMan that will do the same thing. It doesn’t even have to be running to work. http://www.abelhadigital.com/

9 08 2012
countenance

Tried that, tried turning off Flash, and that made very little difference. Multiple devices, multiple OSes, multiple browsers.

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