I had the opportunity to go fix a 101 in Spanish Town Jamaica (typebar emitter
I think that and a keypunch was the whole data processing department in 1967.
I was on my way to Gitmo to fix three 056s and an 047 when the Jamaica branch
manager grabbed me.
Early 60's, programmer nick-named "Smoky". Changed program by pulling *one*
end of wire(yep, "hot" end was still plugged in), closed panel, it started
smoking. He turned it off, left room, announced "It's Broke" and returned to
Larry Blanchard apparently said,on my timestamp of 1/02/2005 5:50 AM:
Hehehe! Carrier pigeons anyone?
Ah yes. My pet hate was the Hollerith punching machine:
the crap computer dept at uni couldn't afford electric ones,
so students had to punch Fortran programs with the manual
puncher, one column-at-a-time... ARRRGHH!
Shall I mention the demented coronel who wanted us to
destroy the confetti for security reasons?
Theoretically, at least, you should design for the lowest common
denominator. That means shoot for comfortable downloading of a web page,
with graphics, at 56K. That generally means holding graphics to a minimum
cumulative per page and offering "thumbnails" linked to the larger size
graphics ... and that's OK, words can still convey information, despite what
the X generation producers do on TV and the big commercial websites.
Used to be a picture was worth a thousand words, but these days a picture
that moves, morphs, dances, spins and makes noise is probably worth a damn
Dial up. I considered DSL, but they have issues with too many
devices on one line. Cable was considered, but I'd have to set up
a router (and you know I prefer Neandering) and wire all the
computers. Expensive and pricey along with the security hassles.
Dave in Fairfax
I'm on dialup. Broadband cable is too expensive here ($84/mo) and DSL
won't sync up (I guess too far from the Central Office), so I'm
sticking to the $12.95 a month. I suggest making thumbnails. Use
pictures no more than 150 dpi. Yes, I become impatient if I have to
wait more than a minute for a page to load.
$84 A MONTH!!! Holy crap. I just got Roadrunner to give me a promotional
rate of $35 a month for a year by complaining and I thought that was still
too much. I guess it's all relative.
My pages should all load in less than 30 seconds.
From what I've researched, however, the magic mark is 10 seconds. Now, I'm
never going to get it there because I DO want to use a lot of graphics but
I'm finding that if I optimize my graphics as much as possible and still
retain quality that I'm getting it down to 15 to 20 seconds on a 56k dialup
line. I managed to get the total size of my projects page down to under
100k from a high of almost 200k by running all my images through Adobe
Imageready. I'm still working on the rest of my site but it's almost there.
"A new study shows that licking the sweat off a frog
Good graphics are good. Clutter and music and I hit the stop button.
Broadband has spoiled me. Years ago with a 14.4 modem I would hit a link
and go get a drink of water, take a leak and come back.to see it finish.
Long times were acceptable. Today, I would not wait 30 seconds.unless at
least part of the page was loaded and visible.
It's a time-decay function. The longer it takes for the page to load
the more users you will lose. 6 seconds is where it starts getting
noticable and the percentage you lose doubles every few seconds after
that. At 30 seconds you're probably losing a significant number of
There are ways around this. One of the easiest is to use a
fast-loading page with no graphics that displays information in text
while the main page finishes loading. Often this is the same text that
is on the main page, just with no graphics, background, etc.
But the rule is: The sooner you start giving them some useful content,
the more of them will stick around.
"Sometimes history doesn't repeat itself. It just yells
'can't you remember anything I've told you?' and lets
fly with a club.
-- John W. Cambell Jr.
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