July 4, 2011, 10:48 p.m.
posted by spider
William’s family means well. About twice a month, they send him pictures of his niece Amanda. Unfortunately, these pictures are the size of billboards and take about an hour-and-a-half to download, preventing him from doing anything else while he waits for the new picture to arrive.
He loves Amanda, but it’s not worth waiting 90 minutes just to see a picture of her.
Chances are, your friends feel the same about your pictures: They want to see your little bubbeleh, but they want to see her quickly. Unfortunately, scanners and digital photos, left to their own devices, give you the biggest, the most detailed, and above all the largest files they can possibly produce. On the Internet, large files mean large download times — and long waits.