Interview with Peter Cranstone, CEO of Remote Communications Page 2
BTW, the commercial version of HyperSpace(R) includes a "smart snap in engine design." This allows new compression algorithms for different MIME types.
WR: What can webmasters expect in terms of bandwidth savings, and download speedup after installing mod_gzip on their apache servers?
WR: What percentage of browsers currently in use support HTTP 1.1 compression by default? I noticed that MSIE 4.5/5 Mac does not support it (but Netscape 4+ does).
PC: Virtually all browsers released after 1998 support HTTP 1.1. A quick test reveals the browsers ability. Click on this link:
It runs a line test. About halfway down the page, the browsers "header" information is shown. If the accept - encoding line shows: gzip then the browser is capable of receiving compressed content. If your browser doesn't support it, there is generally a version available for free which does.
WR: Vigos AG recently released a proprietary mod_gzip module, how does it compare with yours?
PC: We have not been able to download a version of their software yet. As soon as we can we will run a comparison for your readers.
WR: How did Remote Communications come about?
PC: Two guys, one in Fl, one in AR decided to build something from scratch. We first met on another more complex data compression product (which is now HyperSpace(R)) First product was a universal bookmark application. Second idea was "speed up the web" and thus HyperSpace(R) was born.
We met another guy in Russia... Konstantin J. Balashov (aka, Cotty) He's a brilliant programmer with a core focus on compression. He said, "You need worlds best compression algorithm for your smart engine"... we said build it. He did and now he's part of the team.
Three guys, a Brit, an American and a Russian (Kevin and I have only met twice, we've never met Cotty face to face) built HyperSpace(R) using nothing more than a 28K connection for communication.
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