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Re: Intel introduces new compression technology for surfers [CNN]
>At 08:59 AM 1/20/98 -0600, Jim Choate wrote:
>>> INTEL INTRODUCES TECHNOLOGY TO SURF THE WEB FASTER
>>> January 19, 1998
>>> Web posted at: 9:35 p.m. EST (0235 GMT)
>>> HILLSBORO, Oregon (AP) -- The World Wide Wait may be over.
>>> Computer chip giant Intel on Monday announced a way for Internet
>>> surfers to download images twice as fast over regular phone lines
>>> without any special equipment or software -- but it will add about
>>> $5 to monthly access fees.
>>> The technology called Quick Web is installed on the computers called
>>> servers that Internet services use to store and relay data. The
>>> combination of Intel hardware and special software compresses all
>>> the graphic images that are piped through the server, boosting
>>> access speed.
>>> "The more pictures on the screen, the faster it is," said Dave
>>> Preston, Internet marketing manager for Intel.
>This sounds like a real interesting scam. Graphic files on servers are
>already compressed. Have they found some way to compress already
>compressed files? And if it does not require special software at the
>client end, then they must be decompressing it before sending the file.
>Or maybe they just convert all the images to low quality jpegs.
>This has "Idea from Marketing" written all over it.
Maybe they dynamically turn off the modem compression feature at both ends during an image download. LZW-like compression actually adds overhead to files which are non-text based.