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June 25, 2014

Speeding up the information superhighway

Mineral Wells ISD in the process of technology improvements

By TYLER MASK

From the old days of surfing through the pages of traditional encyclopedias to the 21st Century, where surfing the Web has become a household phrase, the transmission of information has become more complex.

As a result, Mineral Wells ISD is upgrading some of its technology once again to keep up with today’s high-speed demands.

To the untrained eye, a cable is a cable, some may be designated for use with phones while others may connect your TV to your game system, but beyond a cable’s categorical use, there lies a completely different world – one the Mineral Wells ISD Technology Director Greg Bird understands well, and one that you understand whether you know it or not.

Have you ever been inside Starbucks with your computer and you’re the only one there? Generally, surfing the Web is a breeze. But if you have been to Starbucks in the middle of a rush hour, where construction workers have out their Toughbooks, corporate professionals are using their high-end laptops and little Suzie has her iPod Touch in hand, then you’ve experienced lag. We all experience lag at times, but why do some places have much faster service than others? It all boils downs to equipment, of which cabling plays an integral part.

To provide a simple illustration, Bird goes back to the beginnings of the Internet.

“When the Internet first started out, most websites did not contain a lot of graphics,” Bird said. “Why?  Well, it is simple. Most Internet connections were slow, and while a graphic doesn’t contain a lot of data, the amount of data that is needed to transmit that picture is quite large when compared to simple text. At that time, web pages were designed with speed in mind. The fewer pictures and graphics a site had, the easier it would be for the viewer to load without having to wait.”

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