Rethinking Snail Mail

Think “snail mail” is slower, MUCH slower, than DSL? Think again. A group of IT geeks in Israel pitted an actual snail, pulling a wee chariot with wheels made out off two DVDs carrying 4.7GB of data each, against an ADSL connection. The snail won (at 37,000 Kbps vs. 1500 Kbps). And for those of you alpha geeks in the audience who remember the earlier experiment with pigeons carrying memory cards (so-called “Wi-Fly Networking”), SNAP (SNAil Protocol) beat it as well (with Wi-Fly managing only 2270 Kbps).