Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

As the Crow Flies


This is not a post about crows, or owls, but pigeons (and I’m posting it especially for Gerry and her tardy broadband connection, I think it will amuse her.)

 Night owl 1

(this is the best image I could manage from stock, never mind that they are power cables not phone, and it is an owl not a pigeon; mind you it seems more appropriate than the photo in the link below which appears to be a crow at railway station.)

Ten USB key-laden pigeons were released from a Yorkshire farm at the same time a five-minute video upload was begun.

An hour and a quarter later, the pigeons had reached their destination in Skegness 120km away, while only 24% of a 300MB file had uploaded.

Campaigners say the stunt was being carried out to illustrate that broadband in some parts of the UK is still "not fit for purpose".




Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “As the Crow Flies

  1. I want one of those pigeons. No–I want two of them. One to carry uploads, the other to bring me my downloads. Excellent idea, pigeons.

  2. Sad to hear your sorry broadband state, but funny nonetheless that people are testing broadband with pigeons.

  3. Where my mum lives, they could test their internet speed against a tortoise and still not win! City living has one benefit, I suppose (says the country kid who’d move back if she could afford to!).

  4. yeah, but you have to be careful. You sign up for a service and it says ‘up to 10 pigeons’ but what you actually get is only three or four pigeons or less at peak time because, allegedly ‘the peregrine ate the rest’.

    (this reminds me of what they used to say when I was doing my IT course back in the days of steam ‘never underestimate the bandwidth of a car full of floppy disks’.)

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  6. Indeed a jiffy bag with a CD-ROM (or a DVD-ROM) in the mail has a massive bandwidth too – but as HMRC found out, also suffers intermittent packet loss on some routes.

    For those armchair techies out there, it has been previously proposed to use birds as part of the internet – http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1149.html & http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2549.txt – Bergen Linux group even tried a practical demonstration in 2001 – http://www.blug.linux.no/rfc1149/

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