people will always want more.. dont worry about the hosting
companies. As with most things in computing - the complexity
will expand to fill whats available. The size of websites
would probably increase as web designers could assume a higher
average user bandwidth. People forget that home users bandwidth
has already had a leap in ireland - when i started using the net
i was using a 14.4 modem - now most people are on 56k.
Can you imagine using some of the fancy flash driven websites
we're all used to on a 14.4?
Its quite like processors - when a new fast processor comes out
its only a matter of time until the complexity of newer software
or games available increases to use all those extra cpu cycles.
A 286 would probably be grand if everybody's most complex
application was vi. If the web was the like that, then gopher
wouldnt have been overtaken by http etc. People's expectations
and demands for features increase.
Sure hosting companies survive in countries where they have
good broadband - why should Ireland be any different?
Hosting companies will just adapt to the market or vanish.
There are other reasons people would not want to host their
own stuff - sometimes they dont have the hardware to run
a broadband website or maybe they are non-technical folk
who dont want to know the first thing about how a webserver
works and so on - and just want the end result of a web
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From: Kae Verens [mailto:kverens at contactjuggling.org]
Sent: 27 March 2002 12:38
To: Thomas Bridge
Cc: social at linux.ie
Subject: Re: [ILUG-Social] broadband interviews on RTE
Thomas Bridge wrote:
> I'm getting more and convinced that the solution to the broadband problem
> is to get a time machine, go back to 1919, and shoot all the leaders of
> War of Independence, thereby ensuring we had BT as the incumbant telco in
> the 1990s and actually getting broadband in our lifetimes.
If I voiced that opinion here (I live right on the ulster/leinster
border) I would get some very hostile replies...
According to some local talks (I have no official references), the
government apparently plans on making "broadband" (whatever definition
is current) widely available within five years. Apparently, also, a lot
of towns, major and minor, already have the cables laid.
Not that I'm really knowledgeable about this (obvious), but wouldn't a
sudden surge in broadband availablity ruin a few Internet hosting
companies? ie: if people hosted from home, why pay for other people to
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