Pigeon Race 2009
A 4 gig slap in the face for Telkom
The story so far:
A pigeon called Winston will race a Telkom ADSL line with 4gb of data from Howick to Hillcrest. The SD Card will be strapped to the leg of the pigeon whilst the DATA will be transferred via the Telkom ADSL line.
When I first heard about this I hosed myself thinking “they cannot be serious” but then today was the day. The story unfolds like this.
Data download starts simultaneously, the transfer to SD card and the ADSL transfer. It takes 26 minutes to get the info onto the SD card, the bird leaves and 2 hours 6 minutes and 57 seconds later it is at the destination. The Data is transferred from the card onto the laptop and VOILA, the pigeon is the winner.
At that point only 4% data transfer had been achieved by the ADSL line. So there you go, A pigeon is faster than TELKOM. Much the same as the situation at my house….
This may just qualify for a ” BAD WEEK FOR AWARD” what you think Bla?
- Pigeons are faster than DSL (boingboing.net)
- Winston the pigeon beats broadband in data speed race (news.bbc.co.uk)
- Pigeon Beats Telkom South Africa in Data Race, Sapa Reports (textually.org)