In message <email@example.com>, Joris Komen writes:
> Having just spent nearly six minutes waiting for the
> http://www.idn.org/ page to download, I wonder how many others could
> have been *genuinely* counted by this server, if they hadn't left
> the flat speckled blue image in despair (unless of course this is a
> newly developed virtual paregoric - an animated gif would work far
> better, me thinks:-)).
I tried from home. I run the latest linux on a very loaded Pentium
connected via a 28800 line retraining to 21600 most of the time and it
displayed on netscape communicator 4.04 within 5 minutes with the
modem showing 24000. The text was there within a minute or less and
until the last icon was displayed it took 6 minutes or abouts.
> I'm presently browsing over a fast-ish 64k leased line to some verrrrry
> decent bandwidth in Namibia:-); I suspect that the response time over a
> grotty 9600bps copper wire with a regular dial-up connection will be even
Actually, this is where you are wrong.
The bottleneck is not necessarily on the copper wire. The bottleneck
is at the bottleneck :-)-O. And for us here that's usually the
international link. We are fortunate that we have a 1MB land line to
South Africa, but their satellite link to the US is clogged. Maybe
when we get the promisted MB to MAE East it should do better.
If the copper wire can do 9600 it can do 33600, retraining a bit.
> Although I could have mailed the webmaster of this informative site
> directly, I am very concerned about the increasingly irresponsible
> oversight of so many webmasters of supposedly informative web-sites.
> It's all very well producing stunning Microsoft Exploder and
> Netscape charged pages at home for your local 2 Mbit traffic, but
> please bear with us out here in the sticks! At very least consider
> plugging a text-only link into the welcome page (at the top,
> please:-)), or ask someone on a grotty copper wire in a developing
> country to run an "alter"-benchmark test on your product!
With regards to displaying tables (mentioned by this guy from USAID
(see, I didn't even call him a flag planter :-)-O)), I think a table
does not get displayed as one piece, but line by line.
In fact if it were served by a decent server such as Apache and not
Microsnot-IIS/3.0 which is running on www.idn.org it would even
display in more increments making it appear even faster.
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