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 WHY FIBRE HAS US SO EXCITED - AN APOLOGY AND AN EXPLANATION

Time for me to apologise, I just Tweeted this

In our scientifically illiterate age with fibre coming to our isolated village many seem to think this means their mobiles will work better.

I wasn't trying to be rude but I did think tHat everybody understood what "Fibre" was and what it was all about. From some correspondence received recently it seems that I was wrong. So just a very few lines to explain what it's all about and why some villagers are getting so excited about these new green cabinets.

When I first connected to another computer outside my home I uses a system called PRESTEL. This downloaded teletext type pages at the unbelievably low speed of 1200 bit a second. A bit is the tiniest piece of code that a computer can understand and put simply you could see each page slooowly build up on the screen. So a page exactly like a BBC CEEFAX page took up to 30 seconds to display! The requests that I sent for the page went at an even slower 75 bits a second. Then after something called along cane the internet and we used to connect with dial up modems which worked at 32,000. Remember the dialling, the "don't pick up the phone, I am on the internet", the beeping and the not connecting? Eventually though you got your email or your weather forecast or whatever but it was expensive and too slow for video for example. Next came adsl broadband and some of us could really use the internet for the first time. Ours started at 1million bits but it has improved recently although I know of one family who still run a business with a connection like that. At last we could download large files and a lucky few could even watch tv on YouTube without it breaking up every few seconds.

Now we have fibre which connects at two and a half thousand times the speed of that old dial up modem. Not only downwards but even upwards is a thousand times faster. This means that you can very easily copy all the pictures, videos and files from your computer to the cloud. The cloud is great as it doesn't go wrong or get lost, if you lose your computer you have lost everything, with the cloud you haven't. You can access and edit your files or your pictures or video on any computer anywhere in the world. You can have high quality video calls with relatives in Australia - all for free! On top of this fibre is generally cheaper than the technology that it replaces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IT'S OFFICIAL - WE ARE No 1!
In a Google search of 40,000 Internet entries for "Horsted Keynes" our 140 page village web site is No1 in  both the UK and Global editions of the world's No1 search engine. Google now re-indexes this site almost EVERY DAY.

We are one of the most popular village web sites in the UK with an average of over 100,000 hits each month and more than 2000 hits an hour in some parts of the day! Last year HorstedKeynes.Com visitors performed 900,000 page views on our combined site.  Many thanks and Happy Christmas to all our readers, both old and new.

 

   
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