My family lives out in the country. There are deer, turkey and bears wandering through our front yard. Even though we live in the boonies we are only 10 minutes from my office in Olean, 90 minutes from Buffalo, 3 hours from Toronto and only 5.5 hours from NY City. We have the best of both worlds with one exception.
We still have dial up. Not 56k dial-up, but end of the phone line, crackling 23k baud on a good day, dial-up.
Web 2.0 sites are problematic at best and many new sites take forever and a day if they decide to load. Given the general movement towards more complex sites, a number of sites end up being completely off limits to us. Satellite is not really an option, DSL and cable are not available.
It is interesting that Google Maps, even with their blue line upgrade, seems to know that I have problems viewing Maps and automatically offers up their HTML version on days when the telephone lines are weighted with snow (like today)…
When I select the HTML view, I get the Text view (same as the business listing view) with a small map that loads quickly even at my todays 20k baud:
This faster loading view can be accessed at any time by adding the command &output=html to your query and you can use it as a starting point with the url: http://maps.google.com/maps?output=html. This offers up a simple, single query field look much like Google.com.
A relatively complete list of other Google Map query parameters can can be viewed at this mapki.com page for those of you that really want to dig in.