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Subject: Re: Loosemore's law (was UKNM: Fast-loading sites)
From: Stefan Magdalinski
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 18:07:39 +0100

Steve Johnston wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Tomski [tomattomski [dot] com (mailto:tomattomski [dot] com)]
> >let's call it loosemore's law: intolerence of delay increases
> >proportionally with speed of connection....
> Hmmm..
> This makes the point so simply that I may just be inclined to adopt it.
> _If_ we can develop it a little.
> Metcalfe and Moore have simple metrics at the heart of their laws; you
> know, things that sit comfortably on a graph, like squaring and eighteen
> months. Can we get Loosemore to this point? I doubt that there are
> agreed measures for intolerance, so we need to work on an agreed and
> measurable symptom of intolerance. In terms of speed we need to think
> absolute. How about an axis that holds a progression towards subliminal
> delay ( this stuff will be familiar to this audience:
> http://www.useit.com/papers/responsetime.html ).
> Symptoms of intolerance... now there's a can of worms.....

% of visitors who abandon your site before the download completes?

poor but easy measure; put a reference to a 1x1 gif as the last element
in the html on your page, count the number of requests to it, relative
to the number of requests for the page itself.

of course, this becomes increasingly inaccurate if the simple html is
full of requests to, say, 64K gifs, big flash documents etc.

> Instantaneous delivery is so far away that this could be a useful tool
> in the meantime.
> Now would be a good time, Tom, to admit it if it's not an original.

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