A Webpage's Journey From Server To Screen

By Sophie Bushwick | June 7, 2012 1:18 pm

How does the Internet work? The question is much easier to mock than to answer, but this video from the World Science Festival manages to beautifully illustrate one of the essentials of Internet communication, explaining how information stored on a server in Los Angeles travels in packets to a computer screen in England.

[via Boing Boing]

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Technology
  • bystander

    Your video link has been removed! Try this one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwyJGzZmBe8

  • Sophie Bushwick

    Thanks! Fixed.

  • Chris

    So it breaks down the webpage into thousands of chunks and sends them all over and reassembles them on my end. But why do the advertisements always seem to arrive and load first?

  • http://discovermagazine.com Iain

    It’s all a question of coding and priorities. Of course the ads are first.

  • D DB

    Chris: Because you don’t have adblock plus installed (Google it!)

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