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SpaceX Plans Worldwide Satellite Internet with Low Latency, Gigabit Speed
SpaceX has detailed ambitious plans to bring fast Internet access to the entire world with a new satellite system that offers greater speeds and lower latency than existing satellite networks.

The private spacecraft company founded by CEO Elon Musk filed an application Tuesday for satellite space station authorizations with the US Federal Communications Commission. SpaceX recently said that its satellite service’s commercial availability date has not yet been determined, but the application’s technical description mentioned 2019 as a possible time for launching satellites into orbit.

SpaceX wants to launch 4,425 satellites into low-Earth orbits, with altitudes ranging from 715 miles to 823 miles. By contrast, the existing HughesNet satellite network has an altitude of 22,000 miles.
spacex  elonmusk  internet  connectivity  isp  satellites  lowearthorbit  fcc  2016 
november 2016 by Frontrunner
How to Send an Email in 1984
We love to complain about the amount of email we receive, and maybe the problem is that it’s just too easy to send an email now—a few taps on a smartphone is all it takes. But back in 1984, it required some serious dedication.

This local TV relic from the UK shows just how much more complicated it was to send an email thirty-two years ago, using the Prestel system.

The segment originally aired on Thames TV program Database, which was aimed at early computer geeks and tech enthusiasts, and seems unironically awesome. According to IMDB, the show actually broadcast software that could be recorded onto a personal machine over the final credits. (This is included at the end of the YouTube video, but is a terrible screeching you may want to avoid.)
computers  modem  email  connectivity  history  2016 
october 2016 by Frontrunner
The Sound of the Dialup, Pictured
If you ever connected to the Internet before the 2000s, you probably remember that it made a peculiar sound. But despite becoming so familiar, it remained a mystery for most of us. What do these sounds mean?
internet  connectivity  56k  modems  signals  2015 
june 2015 by Frontrunner

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