Never underestimate the bandwidth of a pidgeon flying with a memory stick

Slashdot had a story about Rocky Mountain Adventures sending memory sticks full of digital photos via homing pigeon so the photos will be ready when the rafters finish up.

Well, here is another story of a South African information technology company, who proved it was faster for them to transmit data with a carrier pigeon than to send it using Telkom , the country’s leading internet service provider.
When I was a young lad, we studied information theory, and part of that was reading Computer Networks, by Andrew Tanenbaum, who said:

“Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.”

The wikipedia entry on Sneakernet is also worth a read.