Space Jam

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It’s certainly worth noting that the Space Jam website, which made its way into umpteen conference talks for being fabulous evidence of the web’s strength in backward compatibility, has been replaced. We could have saw that coming. Everything is remake. The original was released in 1996, making the site, which they kept online, 25 years old.

Of course, you knew folks would pull out their measuring sticks. Here’s Max Böck:

Unsurprisingly, the new site is a lot heavier than the original: with 4.673KB vs. 120KB, the new site is about 39 times the size of the old one. That’s because the new site has a trailer video, high-res images and a lot more Javascript.

That’s funny, the 25 year old site is more than 25 times smaller.

They are both websites that exist and promote a movie, so I feel like it’s fair to call that an apples-to-apples comparison. But Max levels the playing field to the time period by comparing the old site on a 1996 56kb modem and the new site on a 3G mobile network connection, which is 30× faster. When you do that, the sites are nearly neck-and-neck, with the new one being 1.3 seconds faster.

You could say that whatever we’re given, we use, sort of like how building better protective gear for athletes only makes the athletes hit harder.

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