[Novalug] browser/network responsiveness
James Ewing Cottrell 3rd
JECottrell3 at Comcast.NET
Fri Oct 2 21:44:56 EDT 2009
 Firefox, if you are using it, is a crappy browser.
 Any page that "snaps into place" fully rendered is rendering it in
the background, then displaying it. Could be using X11 Pixmaps and then
displaying the pixmaps in the window.
 Maybe his WiFi setup is better?
Jon LaBadie wrote:
> About a week ago I had did some troubleshooting of my
> brother-in-law's iMac. Turns out he was networked to
> some neighbor's unsecured wireless net rather than his
> own. When I got him hooked up to his own network and
> using his Comcast cable connection I had a chance to
> be impressed by the responsiveness of the browser
> (?safari?). Most pages just snapped into view with
> little or no delay.
> My house is served by Verizon's Fios. I see quite
> high download speeds of large downloads. However,
> my browser experience is quite poor compared to what
> I briefly saw with the iMac at my relatives'.
> In contrast to a new page snapping into place fully
> rendered, there is typically an initial delay and
> slower rendering taking place in noticable stages.r
> Also many (most?) pages don't quite complete. The
> status bar at the bottom of Firefox shows it to be
> a sliver short of complete and the message says
> "waiting for x.y.z". This often takes 10 or more
> seconds to complete and sometimes never does.
> The problem appears on all the several systems I use
> at home. A WinXP wired directly to the router/switch
> and using Firefox or IE, my desktop running Fedora 9,
> wired long distance to the same router through another
> switch and using Firefox, a VirtualBox WinXP on that desktop
> using FF, IE, or Chrome, and a laptop connected wirelessly
> running Ubuntu Jaunty and FF or sometimes Konquer.
> The problem is not underpowered systems; for example the
> desktop is a dual core, 3GHz, 4GB box. And I've tried
> the supposedly faster 3.5.x version of FF with no change
> in the initial or final delays.
> I suspect some sort of network problem/setting.
> Any ideas?
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