Wonders of The Wonderful World Wide Web

Happy Friday everyone! The World Wide Web, or Internet, as I will hereon refer to it as, is a truly amazing place. Many people use it everyday as an integral part of their lives. In fact, if you are reading this on ZeroLag.com, I personally GUARANTEE you have used the Internet at least once!

Whether you use it everyday, or this is your first exploration into the Internet, (I am flattered you stopped here to begin your journey!) there is a lot about the Internet that many people either do not know, or have not stopped to fathom. What follows are 4 questions on the Internet and the facilities that provide the Internet, with information that will blow your mind.

How many active websites are there on the Internet (As of March 2012)?

A) 443,000                B) 364,654,235,123             C) 644,275,754
(Source – http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-03-08/tech/31135231_1_websites-domain-internet)
(Answer – C)

 

Which of these items is equal in weight to the entire Internet?

A) Strawberry           B) Titanic                               C) Mount Everest
(Source – http://news.discovery.com/tech/how-much-does-the-internet-weigh-111103.html_
(Answer – A)

 

What % of the Internet has Google Indexed in its search engine?

A) .004%                    B) 27.6%                                C) 98.97%

(Source – Eric Schmidt, former CEO Google – via news.disocvery.com)
(Answer – A)

 

What % of all electricity used in the US in a given year, is used by Datacenters?

A) .77%                      B) 2.2%                                  C) 14.7%
(Source – NyTimes, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/technology/data-centers-using-less-power-than-forecast-report-says.html?_r=0)
(Answer – B)

Now that you are armed with information on the Internet that few are privy to, I encourage you to venture forward and spread your knowledge with the world!  Please share in the comments below any other outstanding facts about the Internet you have!

Dispelling the Myth of ‘The Cloud’

Humans love myths. The Discovery Channel has an entire show dedicated to testing myths; the insanely popular ‘Myth Busters’ has tested over 700 myths since its debut in 2003 (http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/mythbusters/db/myth-files.html). The Ancient Chinese and Mayans have left their calendars ending on the same date, perpetuating the extremely popular myth that the world will end on December 21st, 2012. So, in summary, we have one of the most popular television networks dedicating an entire show to testing hundreds of myths, and we have much of the world worried that the earth will be destroyed in a few months.

And yet, there is a myth that even Mythbusters has not tackled; A myth more disturbing than even the terrifying notion of the world ending on December 21st, 2012: The myth of “The Cloud”.

In August 2012, Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) conducted a technology survey on more than 1,000 American adults, and found that 51% of respondents believed that stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing. The concept of “The Cloud” has been twisted and turned into some amorphous buzzword serving as the symbol for the future and current states of technology.

According to Dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cloud+computing) “The Cloud” is: “Internet based computing in which large groups of remote servers are networked so as to allow sharing of data-processing tasks, centralized data storage, and online access to computer services or resources.”

To summarize, “The Cloud” is accessing information that is not stored on your computer or network.

  • Have you ever used AOL?
  • Have you ever used Gmail?
  • Have you ever used Hotmail?
  • Have you ever checked a bank statement online?
  • Have you ever purchased ANYTHING online?

You’ve used “The Cloud”!

“The Cloud” has been around as long as humans have been able to access information from outside their immediate hardware/network. The myth of “The Cloud” got out of hand recently because more and more services allow you to access your data from multiple devices. So now, when you close your iBooks App on your iPhone 5 and open your iPad, your iBook App knows you are on Pg. 387, right before (SPOILER ALERT) President Snow announces that Katniss will have to go BACK in the Arena and fight to death. The human functionality and application has majorly improved, but the underlying concept of “The Cloud” is no different than it was 15 years ago.

Although the world may end on December 21st, 2012, I can sleep well knowing that those who read this blog post have participated in dispelling the myth of “The Cloud”. Sure, weather can affect “The Cloud”. But, only if by “weather” you mean an EF5 Tornado tearing down your server’s Datacenter. Luckily, ZeroLag’s Datacenter can withstand the impact of a 747, so our clients are in good hands!

ZeroLag to the Rescue: Magento Rescues

ZeroLag - Magento Platinum Hosting PartnerAs I sat at my desk thinking about what my very first Magento blog should be about many topics ran through my mind.  Obviously I am excited to announce that ZeroLag is a brand new Platinum Hosting Partner with Magento so maybe I should speak about that. Other topics that ran through my mind include the effects of various hardware and/or software configurations that optimize Magento.  Read more

ZeroLag News Archive

April 2011 » ZeroLag, as a company, celebrates 10 years of providing high performance web hosting.

February 2010 » ZeroLag’s datacenter passes an SAS 70 Type II audit.

January 2009 » ZeroLag again ranked #1 by NetCraft as most reliable hosting company.

October 2008 » ZeroLag ties for world’s most reliable hosting company in Netcraft ratings!

June 2006 » New, stronger spam filters have been deployed.

May 2006 » Brand new Support Site launched.

April 2006 » Central mailserver redundancy and capacity doubled through hardware upgrades.

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March 2005 » We have launched a brand new site design to celebrate our two thousand day uptime! Take a look around and let us know what you think of the new site. We’d love your feedback.

March 2005 » ZeroLag reaches two thousand days of network uptime! Thanks to our top of the line Cisco networking equipment, dedication to stability, and hard-working engineers, we have not seen a network downtime in two thousand days, since the launch of the ZeroLag network.

March 2004 » Our dedicated, centralized backup server, boasting over a terrabyte of storage, is now available for our dedicated hosting clients. Contact your sales rep for details.

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April 2003 » Our new Google Dance tracking service lets our customers track the effectiveness of their online promotion!

March 2003 » We have introduced Live Support on our website for all technical and sales questions!

January 2003 » Brand new site design for www.zerolag.com launched!

December 2002 » Support.ZeroLag.com launched to provide streamlined support for our customers.

May 2002 » ZeroLag completes acquisition of certain SoftAware hosting clients.

April 2001 » ZeroLag incorporates as ZeroLag Communications, Inc.

August 1999 » ZeroLag goes live, starting its mission to deliver high-quality Internet solutions.