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Page bloat: Would the average 2MB web page fit on older tech?

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Last week, I wrote about the latest stats from the HTTP Archive, which find that the average web page is now more than 2MB in size. I started to wonder how many modern pages would fit on various random older technologies. As it turns out, not many!

I decided to whip up a set of graphics to illustrate how many 2MB pages would fit on a 3.5-inch floppy disk, a circa-1958 IBM 305 RAMAC, a circa-1984 Mac 128K, a circa-1987 Mac SE, and an old-school punchcard:

Thankfully, we’re not trying to store pages or browse the web using any of these pieces of vintage tech, but I think these comparisons give us an eye-opening reminder of how technology has evolved.

And yet two things remain the same: we still long for faster online experiences, while at the same time we seem to get in our own way when it comes to delivering them.

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Tammy Everts

Tammy has spent the past two decades obsessed with the many factors that go into creating the best possible user experience. As senior researcher and evangelist at SOASTA, she explores the intersection between web performance, UX, and business metrics. Tammy is a frequent speaker at events including IRCE, Summit, Velocity, and Smashing Conference. She is the author of 'Time Is Money: The Business Value of Web Performance' (O'Reilly, 2016).

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