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Posted: 06-Dec-2005, 06:57 PM
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I was reminded just moments ago that running an accelerator program on a dial up connection can cause some weird errors to occur (I'm using AT&T 56k dial up running their free accelerator add-on software). It made a whole thread in the Politics Live forum give me the dreaded Windows "Page not found error". When I turned off the the AT&T accelerator the thread magically reappeared.

So if you're running any of those aftermarket/add-on software programs and strange things start happening, before you fire off a PM to Macfive, Mrs. Macfive, Aaediwen, or any one of the moderators, be sure to turn these programs off and try again (like I've never Pm'd before I checked before rolleyes.gif angel_not.gif )

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Posted: 06-Dec-2005, 07:57 PM
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Interesting to hear. Personally I have never been convinced from a technical standpoint that such programs could be any good. Basically in order to improve transmission times over a link of fixed bandwidth, you can either compress the data or cut some of it out. Since any analog dial-up link over 9600bps is already compressed I'm willing to trust the guys comming up with the V specs have done the best as can be to speed things up without losing data or doing something else evil.

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Posted: 07-Dec-2005, 12:22 AM
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Accelerator programs do indeed cut corners. They remove clarity from pictures by reducing pixels in order to make page load times faster. So yes, there are strange things that happen--at least they look strange.

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I've tried the MSN and the BellSouth accelerators and they both degrade the graphics and actually slow Opera down. They do speed up loading with IE but accelerated IE is still slower than Opera un-accelerated. I haven't tried them with Firefox because I rarely use Firefox. Opera uses cashed images to speed up page loading and only download images that have changed in a reloaded page. To me, that makes more sense than degrading all the images

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The slowdown under opera makes sense if you think about it. You have full-quality pages cached on your machine, and once the accelerator is enabled you're downloading the new, degraded images instead of using the non-degraded cached images.

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