Terry's Computer Tips - Newsletter
October 15, 2006


Volume 2, Number 18 — Sunday, October 15, 2006

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7.  Reader Feedback

Subscriber Ivan Tadej wrote about last week's online newsletter:

Hello Terry, it's again me, a subscriber Ivan Tadej from Slovenia ...

1. As a first thing, in the "*3. Add or Remove Programs*" entry on the http://www.terryscomputertips.com/archives/news_20061008_2.php page of your last "/*Volume 2, Number 17 Sunday, October 8, 2006*/" newsletter issue, you answered one of your readers regarding "Add or Remove Programs" applet. Well, I noticed that you (only) wrote that, quoting: "In this case, yes, we need to keep these items.", but forgot to mention an important thing, i.e. what they (these items) actually are, namely that they are MS/Windows updates and "hotfixes" installed so far. And maybe one tip from my part: if you and your readers don't want to see these items listed, just un-chec the "/Show updates/" checkbox.

2. And as second, in the "*5. Speed Bump*" entry on the http://www.terryscomputertips.com/archives/news_20061008_3.php page, you were writing about different results that you are getting with those "speed-connection measuring services". I just thought to mention that one thing that I noticed (and it is quite logical if you think a bit about it), at least when I am testing my slow 56K dial-up connection (by the way, usually I connect with 28.8 kbps, that's the actual established line transmission speed, and only sometimes when I am lucky with 31.2 kbps, as it was said to me because of the phone-cables in my neighbourhood), i.e. it's that the speed-test results are very different if you were downloading/uploading anything at the time of testing, compare to if you weren't.

P.S. -- One other thing that might also have an impact on speed is the so-called "packet compression" (software or hardware); if you want to, for an interesting related topic check out the "/*56K dial-up modem adapter - speed rate mistery*/" thread: http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/469092836/m/610007526631 that I opened on Ars Technica forum back then.

 

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