Feb 072013


One of the first things to look at is the size of your HTML code. This is probably one of the most overlooked areas, perhaps because people assume it’s no longer so relevant with modern broadband connections. Some content management systems are fairly liberal with the amount they churn out – one reason why it can be better to handcraft your own sites.

As a guideline you should easily be able to fit most pages in <50KB of HTML code, and if you’re under 20KB then you’re doing very well. There are obviously exceptions, but this is a fairly good rule of thumb.

It’s also important to bear in mind that people are browsing full websites more frequently on mobile devices now. Speed differences between sites viewed from a mobile are often more noticeable, owing to them having slower transfer rates than wired connections. Two competing websites with a 100KB size difference per page can mean more than one second load time difference on some slow mobile networks – well into the ‘interrupted thought flow’ region specified by Jakob Nielsen. The trimmer, faster website is going to be a lot less frustrating to browse, giving a distinct competitive edge over fatter websites and going a long way towards encouraging repeat visits.

MORE:  Make your sites load faster | Tutorial | .net magazine.




Sep 042012

With the exception of Google Fiber, the United States isn’t exactly breaking records when it comes to high-speed Internet policy. The National Broadband Plan, which was released two years ago, says that there should be a minimum level of service of at least 4Mbps for all Americans. Since then, not much has happened.

But across the pond in Ireland, Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte, has recently decided that that’s not nearly enough.

On Thursday, he outlined a new broadband plan for Ireland that puts the United States to shame. He says that half the population, largely in the urban and suburban cores, should have speeds of 70Mbps to 100Mbps, with service of at least 40Mbps to the next 20 percent of the country. Finally, hewrites, there should be a “minimum of 30Mbps for every remaining home and business in the country—no matter how rural or remote.”

The measure in Ireland is part of the European Union’s Digital Agenda for Europe, which, among other things, requires member states to publish national broadband plans by the end of the year to bring a minimum level of 30Mbps service to all citizens by 2020.

MORE:  Ireland calls for minimum Internet speeds of 30Mbps | Ars Technica.


Sep 142011



Stand-alone households won’t be able to sign up for Hyperoptic’s “Hyper-sonic” 1Gbps connection – at least not yet. Only locations that contain multiple homes – such as apartments or condo complexes – can sign up for the service at the moment, as it is all based around a system of central hubs.  Individual home owners inside the complex can than pony up the £50/month to tap into the hub and receive 1Gbps speeds.

via Maximum PC | New ISP Bringing 1Gbps Broadband To London Residents.

Sep 012011



As you can see there’s no drivetrain and the crank has been locked, with the pedals replaced with mere foot peg holders. In testing, Tiedeken has reportedly done 60 m.p.h. plus on this thing.

via Jeff Tiedeken’s Gravity Bike Gets Up to 60MPH – Core77.