When Nature and Digital Collide

In an interesting story of a a digital ‘nature’, a pigeon with a memory card delivered 4GB of content computer-to-computer faster than the local ADSL company could move the file.

Granted, this doesn’t scale .. the total distance was about 50 miles. How do you calculate the cost-per-megabyte in pigeon feed? Still, an interesting demonstration of selecting the right way to send a bit of content by considering all the conditions.

For years (Wikipedia quotes a 1996 source in Sneakernet): “Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway” as a means to define ultimate data transfer rates. Rumored to have started with a floppy disk in a St. Bernard’s pouch, it has evolved over the years to include DVDs loaded in 747s.

MSNBC: “Pigeon beats Internet firm in data transfer race”.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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