Facts about the earth as they relate to the Internet…

The speed of light is 186,000 miles per second.

Earth’s Circumference at the Equator is 24,901.55 miles

So, that means you can communicate between the other side of the world (there and back) in 0.133 of a second… or there and back 7 complete times with room for one more trip back (7.5 times around the globe in one second).

Wow. That’s why call centers and outsourcing IT jobs to India make sense if the fiber is in place to allow these “speed of light” transmissions to occur.

There are some devices that handle the bits along the way and slow down the light but I can ping Australia and see the echo return in 0.2 seconds so the slow down is slight. You could do this too… in fact you do when you hit a site in the au domain.

Human Population of the Earth: 6,610,000,000 (6.61 billion) as of Aug. 2007

Internet addresses allow for 2 to the 32th power unique possibilities:  4.2 billion internet addresses. So, One Laptop Per Child will potentially prevent 1 iPhone Per Child from coming to fruition… the good news is that IP addresses are upgrading to Ip version 6 with enough addresses for everyone to get a million personal addresses… we’ll just need to update the OLPC devices and iPhones and every device in between. It’s good to sell internet devices. The market effect is in full force.

World Population Growth: 1.14% – 2006 estimate (this means at the current rate of growth, the earth’s population will double in 61.4 years) That’s 6 more bits needed in the big IP addressing scheme. It has room.

Countries of the World: 194… we typically lable countries with 2 letter domains. That creates 26 * 26 combinations many of which are just plain odd: xx, pu, et, al.

Earth’s Circumference at the Equator: 24,901.55 miles (40,075.16 km)

Highest Elevation on EarthMt. Everest, Asia: 29,035 feet (8850 m) Take extra batteries. There’s no power there and the wifi is spotty at best.

Lowest Elevation on Land – Dead Sea: 1369 feet below sea level (417.27 m) It’s OK. It’s dry.

Deepest Point in the Ocean – Challenger Deep, Mariana Trench, Western Pacific Ocean: 35,840 feet (10924 m). No ISP’s service this region. No humans can survive. Send robots.

Highest Temperature Recorded: 135.8°F – Al Aziziyah, Libya, September 13, 1922 (57.7°C) Ouch. Bad for laptops with hot chips.

Lowest Temperature Recorded: -128.5°F – Vostok, Antarctica, July 21, 1983 (-89.2°C) Good for laptops. Bad for people.

Water vs. Land: 70.8% Water, 29.2% Land – Satellite Internet is a great advantage over wired or even wifi systems.

Age of the Earth: 4.5 to 4.6 billion year. Age of the internet: 20+ years.

Rotation on Axis: 23 hours and 56 minutes and 04.09053 seconds. But, it takes an additional four minutes for the earth to revolve to the same position as the day before relative to the sun (i.e. 24 hours). Too slow to change any bits in flight.

Revolution around Sun: 365.2425 days

Chemical Composition of the Earth: 34.6% Iron, 29.5% Oxygen, 15.2% Silicon, 12.7% Magnesium, 2.4% Nickel, 1.9% Sulfur, and 0.05% Titanium… oh, oh. only 12% silicon and Titanium laptops will be highly prized when every child has their plastic clamshell.

This blog was brought to you by a database needing to be expanded. It should have taken 30 minutes and it took 2 hours. So… I went and figured.

Physics and media: they go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Addicting.