RFC 1149 implemented

This one goes out to all the networking students in the house:

Wired reports that a firm in South Africa successfully demonstrated that data transmission via flash drive equipped carrier pigeon is faster than their existing internet service (source).

Of course, any networking student worth his salt should know that this approach dates back to 1990, in the form of RFC 1149



  1. Well, I have found that here in my country the best method to send 50Mb is by mail, splitted in several parts. Using FTP to upload it usually takes a whole day watching the progress and resuming upload 20-30 times.

  2. Depending on the quantity of data being transferred, and the distance over which it is to be transferred, this kind of technology can be shown to be appropriate at ANY data transmission rate. Multi-terabyte drives are cheaper than ever. Short range transfer protocols, such as ESATA, are much faster than in the past. Try calculating how long it would take to move 2 TB over whatever super high speed WAN connection you can think of, and then calculate just how long it would take to physically move the same quantity on a cheap hard drive. You’ll discover that the latter is practical more often than one might think. On top of that, one gains the advantage of greater privacy.

    In terms of informational utility, I have always placed connectivity below storage capacity. Because highest quality content invariably ends up being static. This is what is generally recognized as knowledge. The stuff of libraries (it is no accident that the “current periodicals” section of libraries is always tiny in comparison to the archives). In the hype and hullabaloo of net-centric rhetoric, we forget what this was really all about.

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