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Woohoo! I finally have a reasonable chance of getting a high speed Internet connection — RCN has finally set up my neigborhood to use two way cable modems, at about $40 a month. I want to look into a few things before making a decision, like taxes, and buying my only modem (I understand I can save $5/month), and they have to confirm they can handle (if not support) Linux.

Anyway, on the chance that I do go high speed, I don't want to forget some of the "gotchas" of a low speed Internet connection (in the hopes of keeping WikiLearn, at least, usable for those who continue to have a low speed connection).




Subtle Things

  • "Open new (page / tab)" commands of browsers should leave you on the original page (IE6 (in particular) (I use it at NCACC) does not do this, and I haven't found an option (so far??) to change the behavior (or an alternate like "open in background". The thing is, on a slow speed connection, I usually want to start pages opening in the background before I finish reading the current page (or, on a page with a list of links, I want to start a bunch of them) -- I want to stay on the current page to finish reading or to start other links loading. Maybe on a high speed connection the behavior is tolerablel, but I guess I think it's really wrong there as well.

Obvious Things

  • Use text, minimize HTML and graphics

  • Minimize tables and frames also (possibly for slightly different reasons — maybe more to make narrow screen machines more usable)


  • () RandyKramer - 29 Aug 2003
  • If you edit this page: add your name here; move this to the next line; and if you've used a comment marker (your initials in parenthesis), include it before your WikiName.

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Topic revision: r1 - 2003-08-29 - RandyKramer
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