The 40 Gig Granny

By DOM Team| 2 Min Read | July 17, 2007

And there was me all impressed about my mother joining the internet revolution and various grannies and whatnot becoming HD compliant and going all dolally over email.

Y’know, just like we all were when we first started. Oh, happy days.

Now if that wasn’t enough, we now have another old dear in Sweden enjoying the world’s fastest internet connection.

“A 75 year old woman from Karlstad in central Sweden has been thrust into the IT history books – with the world’s fastest internet connection.

Sigbritt Löthberg’s home has been supplied with a blistering 40 Gigabits per second connection, many thousands of times faster than the average residential link and the first time ever that a home user has experienced such a high speed.”

What is it they say about youth being wasted on the young? What about lightning fast internet speeds being wasted on the old?

Can you tell I’m a teensy bit jealous?

Do you have any idea what such a connection affords the average mortal?

“Sigbritt will now be able to enjoy 1,500 high definition HDTV channels simultaneously. Or, if there is nothing worth watching there, she will be able to download a full high definition DVD in just two seconds.”

Dare I be so glib as to point out that in the article the woman in question just so happens to be the mother of “Swedish internet legend Peter Löthberg” who works at Cisco sorting out blistering connections for a living.

I could go down that route, but I’m not going to as I think a moral that can be taken from this particular story, and from that of my dear old ma, is that these technologies are not just for ubergeeks in fashionable areas but for everyone. These technologies can easily be accessed by all generations in areas that we normally don’t associate with this kind of thing.

As some Cisco chap points out at the end of the article:

“The most difficult part of the whole project was installing Windows on Sigbritt’s PC,”

Ain’t that the truth!

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