The old GPRS connection was a bottleneck in getting a piece of the content out there on the internet.
With GPRS, in places with best signal strength, the median downloading speed while downloading large files (greater than 3 MB) must have been in between 25 and 30 kilobytes per second (kbps).
My mobile service provider has recently started 3G service in my hometown (Solapur), and I’m lucky to have bought a 3G phone well in advance. I’ve been using 3G since last couple of weeks while I was in Pune. But I chanced upon test-driving the 3G connection today in Solapur while I was downloading an 8MB video file. Peak speed I observed was 336 kbps. Median speed must be somewhere in between 200 and 300 kbps.
That’s maddeningly fast! It’s for the first time that I’m getting such speeds. 3G has even undermined the broadband connection I used to use 6-7 months back. I used to get speeds of over 200 kbps, up to 260 kbps.
Getting started is always difficult. On one hand, there is a tendency to procrastinate, to wait until every t is crossed and every i is dotted before work begins. On the other hand, there is a desire to jump right in, to begin building even before you really know what needs to be done.
~ Roger Pressman, in a chapter called “Initiating A WebApp Project“.
True about building software and true in general in whatever we do.
The best part about it ?
It’s written meticulously clean.
Many twitter users might be wondering about the green profile pictures of their followers / following. I hope this article answers the question, and tell you something more about the app that does this.
Screenshot above shows my current twitter profile. It didn’t look like this a few hours ago until I used iran.greenthumbnails.com app for twitter. Many users (8384 while I’m writing this post) have used this app to show their concern for the elections in Iran.
This app for Twitter gives its users green profile pictures. You may want to use this app to show that you’re concerned about Iran. But you may want to avoid this app for its other mischieves.
It changes your page’s background image to a green one, as shown by the two vertical arrows in above screenshot.
It changes your location to “Tehran, Iran”.
All this without your consent. I guess if they fix these issues, there’ll be more & more users using their app.
So if you want to show your support for Iran, you could use this app and then manually change your background to whatever you want, and your location to the actual one. Or you could just use an image editor and your skills to make your profile picture green.