Improving with age…Woman surfs the internet superhighway

I’ve always said women improve with age. Today I see, women don’t just improve with age, they become more adept and faster than the rest of the world…

“Old lady surfing Web at 40 gigabits-per-second”



“STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — She is a latecomer to the information superhighway, but 75-year-old Sigbritt Lothberg is now cruising the Internet with a dizzying speed. Lothberg’s 40 gigabits-per-second fiber-optic connection in Karlstad is believed to be the fastest residential uplink in the world, Karlstad city officials said. In less than 2 seconds, Lothberg can download a full-length movie on her home computer — many thousand times faster than most residential connections, said Hafsteinn Jonsson, head of the Karlstad city network unit. Jonsson and Lothberg’s son, Peter, worked together to install the connection. The speed is reached using a new modulation technique that allows the sending of data between two routers placed up to 1,240 miles apart, without any transponders in between, Jonsson said. ‘We wanted to show that that there are no limitations to Internet speed,’ he said. Peter Lothberg, who is a networking expert, said he wanted to demonstrate the new technology while providing a computer link for his mother. ‘She’s a brand new Internet user,’ Lothberg said by phone from California, where he lives. ‘She didn’t even have a computer before.’ His mother isn’t exactly making the most of her high-speed connection. She only uses it to read Web-based newspapers.'”


Now I’ll admit, the CNN headline was attention grabbing, and yes, I love the fact that this esteemed wise woman may have the fastest residential internet connection in the world.

I don’t like calling her an “old” lady or suggesting that her use of reading the news isn’t in fact making the most of the high-speed connection. Perhaps she reads really, really fast and is absorbing the speeding news by osmosis and has a better chance than the rest of us at not just receiving the same bits and pieces chosen for us by mass media.




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