Bulk data transfer is very common on fast Internet connection like 3G services claiming a download speed up to 21 Mbps or broadband speed of 2 – 100 Mbps. Most of the time, huge data transfer means downloading movies or other video files. Based on your Internet speed, you want to calculate the estimated time to complete the download process. If you are using Internet on same connection, you must be aware of the average download speed you get on same connection. Now you just need to do some calculation to find out the estimated data transfer completion time. Hey, did you forget? We have the power of WolframAlpha, a computational search engine which is very much aware of mathematical calculations.
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So I decided to ask WolframAlpha about the estimated time to download a particular movie (DVD version) of a size around 5GB. As I am having a 3G network where I get around 1.5Mbps download speed on average. Now its time to ask WolframAlpha to do the calculation. Okay, I opened the home page of WolframAlpha and entered a query as “time to download 5gb at 1.5 mbps”. Here is the result for the search query,
Awesome! Isn’t it? WolframAlpha did a simple division by converting the GB into MB and then gave the result as 7 hours 24 minutes and 26.67 seconds it will take to complete the download of 5Gb at the speed of 1.5Mbps.
I hope you will find it easier to ask WolframAlpha about this kind of simple mathematical calculations you need to do in your daily life on web.