Computing in free-fall

Apparently advertisers would have you believe that the new measure of speed and performance is the duration it takes to hurl one’s self from an airplane until the time at which the parachute is (hopefully) opened.  Both Lenovo and Hotels.com have recently released videos of people using their products at terminal velocity (approximately 122 mph or 55 m/s) following a leap from an airplane.

When you put this in the context of the 60 second (maximum) free-fall time, these accomplishments – particularly the boot time demonstrated by Lenovo – are actually pretty impressive.  On a related note, I’m quite amazed that the person in the Hotels.com video actually had a reliable signal for the duration of his fall when I can’t seem to maintain a similar experience during a three-block walk in downtown Chicago.

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