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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Size Does Matter!

Posted by Raul on July 19, 2010

 

 

It is my belief my laptop probably was built before WWII and being in service for the past many, many years, at least I bought it used on eBay, I believe around 2005 and have repaired it at least twice since then, including a new, slightly bigger hard drive and a complete reprogramming in XP Pro.

At first it worked great but then, gradually, it started go slower and slower until coming to a virtual crawl. Now, even if I want to check somebody else’s blog, the ventilation fan goes crazy, heat starts coming out from the vents and it all seems to be part of either a computer menopause process or a virtual heart attack and it scares me for my beloved laptop.

It is a Dell Inspiron 5100 with Pentium 4; 2.4 GHz; 1 GB RAM; 80 GB HD and about 30 pounds net weight!

Not being sure if the problem is the laptop or my internet provider, who gives a limit in bandwidth usage, I wanted to know how much bandwidth I was using so, following my son’s finding I downloaded and installed a free bandwidth meter from the net called: ShaPlus Bandwidth Meter 1.3.1 (101 KB)

http://www.shaplus.com/bandwidth-meter/

As you can see in the picture, it takes a little space in the lower, right hand corner, out of the way and it has proven to be very useful to know the “weight” of every page or site I visit. So far I discovered my blog has an average of 0.6 MB to download when opened and most of the blogs I visit range between 0.4 to 2.5 MB, with one or two going up as much as 6.0-8.5 MB (it all depends on how many pictures and moving stuff the page has). Now I’m checking everything I open to know what’s the “weight” (I know, new toy :)

One of the recommendations given when creating a blog or website is that it has to be a fast downloader or people will get bored and move somewhere else; this bandwidth meter helps to see if we are going too far in implementing our cyber space or if we still can do some more without making it too “heavy”, specially for people using 56K connections.

Some may say “who would be using 56k these days?” but I know that’s the main available connection in my country (using a phone line) and for those wanting to reach beyond the bigger countries boundaries that should be a point to consider.

Do you know how “heavy” is your blog to download?

Do you keep in mind a limit in size when implementing your blog?

Is it important for you to be able to reach other countries?

Let me know :)

Raul

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