Google Maps the bandwidth eater

Google Maps is wonderful in the cotton-wool-filled world of broadband. You can zoom in and out and move around the place with aplomb (lovely word that I’ve not used in ages), and indeed gay abandon. (I wonder what sort of traffic that phrase will drive.)

However, on dial-up, it’s dreadful. And here’s an analogy.

It’s like having a cake that you want to divide among your friends, only to find that one particular greedy friend has dived head-first into the offering. While that friend is doing their best to work his/her way through the cake in its entirety, all the other friends are standing back, bereft of even the smallest morsel. In my analogy, this equates to Google Maps hogging every last ounce of bandwidth (as the ounce is the SI unit of bandwidth, I think you’ll find), at the expense of all other browser tabs.

Meebo disconnects, unable to grasp the little that it needs to stay connected. Even the sibling product Google Mail struggles to keep abreast of the online status of my friends, or whether I’ve received any mail since trying to find the location of Liverpool’s John Lennon airport in relation to the M57 (my GM task of the day). Try to refresh my blog CMS, and I get a time-out.

Come on, Google! Share the bandwidth. Surely 56kb is enough for everyone to play nicely. Or will I have to opt for your lesser competitor, Streetmap while on dial-up, and not invite you to the party?


One Response to “Google Maps the bandwidth eater”

  1. Alvin on August 17th, 2007 21:05

    The Recommended System Requirements for Google Earth:

    * Operating System: Windows XP or Windows Vista
    * CPU: Pentium 4 2.4GHz+ or AMD 2400xp+
    * System Memory (RAM): 512MB
    * Hard Disk: 2GB free space
    * NETWORK SPEED: 768 Kbits/sec
    * Graphics Card: 3D-capable with 32MB of VRAM
    * Screen: 1280×1024, “32-bit True Color”

    Minimum System Requirements:

    * Operating System: Windows 2000 or Windows XP
    * CPU: Pentium 3, 500Mhz
    * System Memory (RAM): 128MB
    * Hard Disk: 400MB free space
    * NETWORK SPEED: 128 Kbits/sec
    * Graphics Card: 3D-capable with 16MB of VRAM
    * Screen: 1024×768, “16-bit High Color”

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