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    Default SOLUTIONS: Slow Internet = Need for Power.

    I can't tell you how many times I have heard people say they didn't need a high powered puter/laptop, because all they do is emails and a bit of surfing and Facebook and Messenger, etc.

    Maybe they don't, in America !!!

    Here in the DR, we would benefit greatly by having 10 X the internet speed that we now have and that may even come one day but in the meantime, we need powerful computers.

    The video clips speak for themselves.
    ( Codetel 768 up and 512 down plan )

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    Slow Internet + Powerful Computer = Decent Results.

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    Default How it affects Messenger, Skype, etc.

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    Same deal.
    Slow Internet + Powerful Computer = Decent Results.

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    Default Multitasking Compounds the Problem,

    But if you have a powerful computer, DR internet surfing isn't that bad.

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    Again,
    Slow Internet + Multitasking + Powerful Computer = Decent Results.

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    That looks just like Apple's user interface. Are Microsoft trying to copy?

    Now if you want real computing power, get a Mac! Once you've had Mac, you never go back!

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    Powerful computers don't matter if Codetel is throttled back to 220k when you pay for 1.5mb. That's the story here in the mountains for a week now. Fast days, slooooooooow nights.

    Alida spent a half hour with a tech on the phone last night going over EVERYTHING on our end, to no avail...but I coulda told them that.

    So a tech is supposed to come out today between 9a-5p when THE PROBLEM IS AFTER 6:30pm!!!!!!!!!!!

    It's on THEIR end!!1!1!!1!!!

    mOrANs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by beeza View Post
    That looks just like Apple's user interface. Are Microsoft trying to copy?

    Now if you want real computing power, get a Mac! Once you've had Mac, you never go back!
    I don't think you want to put your Mac up against my PC.

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    PS: That is not a Microsoft icon dock.
    It's called Rocket Dock. (free program)
    I am not pro or con Mac or Microsoft but I do have a deep appreciation for value and a well chosen PC blows a Mac of the face of the Earth, when it comes to power per dollar.
    I have been told that Macs are better built and that may be so, but I don't need an eternal machine.
    The rate at which technology advances makes most computers semi obsolete in a few years.
    Like I said, I'm not pro or con, I just want the most bang for the buck.

    PPS: For the sake of those who may benefit from learning about the effects of a powerful computer on their web surfing experience, we might do better to take any Mac/PC wars to another thread.

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    For those of you on slow internet connection, may it be dial-up, 3g (banda ancha, Viva Interjet), or shared lan/wifi, all hope is not lost:

    You can easily download and install Opera 10 from here: Opera Browser | Faster & safer Internet | Free Download

    It has the "Turbo" function, meaning that pages will load faster under slow connection (you should set Turbo to Automatic).

    The downside is that images are not full blown quality, but the speed increase is quite impressive !

    If you are still one of the many using an older, slower PC, try it, as it is also quite effective on older hardware... And it is free

    How to enable it: What is Opera Turbo Mode And How To Enable It?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squat View Post
    For those of you on slow internet connection, may it be dial-up, 3g (banda ancha, Viva Interjet), or shared lan/wifi, all hope is not lost:

    You can easily download and install Opera 10 from here: Opera Browser | Faster & safer Internet | Free Download

    It has the "Turbo" function, meaning that pages will load faster under slow connection (you should set Turbo to Automatic).

    The downside is that images are not full blown quality, but the speed increase is quite impressive !

    If you are still one of the many using an older, slower PC, try it, as it is also quite effective on older hardware... And it is free

    How to enable it: What is Opera Turbo Mode And How To Enable It?
    There's a good part of the solution.
    There's little doubt that IE is the heaviest of the well known internet browsers and choosing a lighter one could help dramatically.

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    Default There is a point here

    I think that all of us living in the DR would be happy to have more internet speed and in the absence of that, being able to browse faster by any means, be it more power, lighter browsers, etc, is something worth looking at.
    Many a time, upon returning a tweaked computer to its owner, I have heard people say, "Oh, I just thought doing so and so took that long".
    Heck, we don't even realize ourselves how much time we spend waiting.
    When DR internet rush hour comes, the Net can almost come to a standstill.
    Let's face it, anyone checking his/her email would rather click on an icon and then begin viewing it rather than sit there waiting for 15 seconds.
    We all have better things to do with our time..

    Getting the max out of your computer has been discussed and implemented to a certain degree (tweaking thread) but the subject of power machines, has not been broached and although some folks think that it will not do any good if the internet itself is real slow, the proof is in the pudding. (video clips)
    The video clips are to illustrate that.
    Most of my friends in America have 10 times + the internet speed I have, but I keep up with them with a fast clean powerful computer, except when it comes to big downloads like movies, for example.
    Then, it is what it is and there's just not much you can do about it, but browsing around and opening emails, etc, can be greatly improved by having good PC power.
    The video clips don't lie.

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    Default Best power solution so far.

    After trying countless things, from software to hardware and everything in between, the most remarkable results per dollar are achieved from Intel Solid State Drives. (SSD)
    I am told Samsung makes super fast SSD's but they are not yet affordable.
    Intel 80 gig SSD's cost over 500 bux less than a year ago and up until the end of July this year, $469.
    Now that Intel has reduced their SSD X25 prices by 60% and that we can pick them up at around $200, (less than $250 US shipped to the door in the DR) they have become the ultimate solution and the big bonus is that not only will browsing the internet be way more pleasant than before, but everything else you do on the computer will be incredibly faster.
    Please feel free to ask any SSD questions you might have.
    We have been experimenting with them for a month now and been in touch with the techies at Intel and I think we have a pretty good grip on what they are all about.

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