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DSL!!!

April 8th, 2005 Comments off

WHOOHOO!!!

Upgraded from Comcast High Speed Internet ( 3000 kbps download / 400 kbps upload ) and went back to dsl from http://www.dslextreme.com ( 6000 kbps download / 608 kbps upload ). I got a really good deal from DSLExtreme, and not sure if they are still offering it. Basically I have 5 static IP addresses, and only paying about $15 more than cable, but double the download and a little bit faster upload. (Ours is month to month at $59.95 and guaranteed price freeze, which means it will never change as long as I stay with them.) Plus they have very good sales / tech /and general support. Live chat! Something that SBC doens’t have, maybe because they are too big. PLus SBC doesn’t offer a 6Mbit plan…
At first we were getting around normal DSL speeds when I did some speed tests, but after an SBC guy came and did some work, we are getting much faster speeds! Latest speed test from dslreports is 4553 / 508 kbps. That’s pretty darn close, especially if I live around 14,000 feet from the CO! That’s the highest speed so far, but a BIG difference from cable internet, especially the upload.

So if you guys get DSL from DSLExtreme let me know! They may have offers if I refer you to them.

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Even Faster Firefox!

March 28th, 2005 2 comments

Thanks Benny… I searched about the Firefox being faster and found it..
So for those of you Firefox users, here is a cool “fix” to make Firefox even faster!

HTTP pipelining
Here’s a great go-faster tip for Firefox, the free, rock-solid, secure browser from the Mozilla Foundation:
1.Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:
network.http.pipelining
network.http.proxy.pipelining
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

2. Alter the entries as follows:

Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0”. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.

If you’re using a broadband connection you’ll load pages MUCH faster now!

Prefetch

This tweak changes how Windows loads Firefox. If you prefetch the application it will start much faster. Edit your Firefox shortcut to read:
‘ “C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe” /prefetch:1 ‘
That will prefetch the required .dlls and make Firefox load much faster each time you load it. Just make sure to keep that prefetch code in the shortcut and to run it once per-reset for the prefetching effect.

I’ve notice my Firefox starts up and loads pages MUCH faster, even faster than IE :mrgreen:

Oh yeah, if you use firefox, you can subcribe to my site by bookmarking it. Just click the orange icon in the lower right hand corner.

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