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Taking Back the Web

Got a fat pipe? A really fat one?


Got a fat pipe? A really fat one? Broadband is great, innit?

Remember when you ran a 1400 Baud modem? Of course not. Remember when your box had a walloping 32 MB RAM and a 512 MB HDD? Probably not. But only a few years ago - in the current web revolution - things were like this and things worked well.

But that was back before the web became commercialised - before especially the news media got their hands on it and started dragging it down.

News sites have done more to destroy the web than almost anything else. In terms of pure bandwidth news sites today are an abomination.

There are no solutions here, only questions. Following are representative statistics for home pages for popular news sites (and a few others) anno 2006.

WebsiteItemsHTMLBandwidth
aftonbladet.se98125216559854
apple.com3725852212800
cbs.com4351350400320
fox.com3118990315466
cnn.com9981075317912
dn.se59110092810925
expressen.se99137014747420
ft.com46106630218204
guardian.co.uk4583960236022
ibm.com2824506157730
latimes.com96110241502660
lemonde.fr63111501265275
microsoft.com1825348112838
WebsiteItemsHTMLBandwidth
news.bbc.co.uk3454706163019
nytimes.com8187630376782
radsoft.net15956679080
rixstep.com8736363625
slashdot.org2664412202269
spiegel.de68118228219834
sun.com2217626272105
thetimes.co.uk68166376367973
tv3.se3938270365889
tv4.se102774561363050
versiontracker.com2699922219220
washingtonpost.com46123015249490
wsj.com64129634450476
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