Any suggestions on using this site for the bandwidth-impared? I'm writing this from the back of a yak (a 牦牛 actually) and only getting a few kbps throughput.

—John

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Re: bandwidth impared?
by zentara (Archbishop) on Mar 20, 2008 at 12:53 UTC
    Turn off automatic loading of images(in your browser preferences) is one thing. Maybe you can turn off the Chatterbox in your home node preferences too.

    I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. Cogito ergo sum a bum
      you can even turn off most of the nodelets, and the top navigation. for the most important links you can use the free nodelet.
      What I noticed earlier was the overall length of the page; that is, loading all the messages before the submit-new-post box.

      —John
      writing from 昆明

Re: bandwidth impared?
by Corion (Pope) on Mar 20, 2008 at 17:42 UTC

    When browsing from my GPRS mobile, I use /bare/index.pl, which is a version of PerlMonks without all the fluff. No nodelets, no navigation bar, just plain content. I have some bookmarks for the CB, just_chat and just_search (I think). In addition, I have images switched off. With these, browsing through a slow connection is almost agreeable.

      newest nodes shows up bare, but the monastary gates isn't
Re: bandwidth impared?
by amarquis (Curate) on Mar 20, 2008 at 13:18 UTC

    As far as making the pages smaller, not loading images as zentara says is probably the most significant thing you can do.

    You might want to test to see if Perlmonks itself will serve your request significantly faster if you remove some of your dynamic nodelets (or, heck, even the static ones).

    Also, I'll bite, what's a 牦牛?

      Just the chinese word for yak.
      Also, I'll bite, what's a 牦牛?
      Googling got me to this.
Re: bandwidth impared?
by Anonymous Monk on Mar 20, 2008 at 13:35 UTC
    I think the site is also just slow. I have been coming here for a while now with a 56k dial-up and i often have headroom left; also, for one reason or another, i have to completely restart ppp occasionally after PerlMonks becomes "unreachable" even if other connections are fine.
Re: bandwidth impared?
by my_nihilist (Sexton) on Mar 20, 2008 at 14:07 UTC
    Turning "all nodelets off" maybe speeds it up slightly and gives you the entire screen width. But then you need something lite like THCB to chat, which runs independent of the browser.
Re: bandwidth impared?
by CountZero (Bishop) on Mar 20, 2008 at 21:09 UTC
    One wonders where on a yak one can plug-in the phone ja(c)k?

    CountZero

    A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

      See this photo. You can hide a lot inside that hat. Notice the cunningly disguised antenna?

      —John
      writing from 昆明

      One wonders where on a yak one can plug-in the phone ja(c)k?
      OP wrote that, "from the back of a yak", so there's probably a socket in the vincinity of the back somewhere.
        The famous jack on the back of the yak? LOL

        CountZero

        A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

      That sounds like something Ogden Nash would have fun playing with.
      The one-l lama, he's a priest. The two-l llama, he's a beast. But I'll bet a silk pajama There's no such thing as a three-l lllama. --Ogden Nash

      --
      [ e d @ h a l l e y . c c ]

Re: bandwidth impared?
by poolpi (Hermit) on Mar 20, 2008 at 18:01 UTC
    use YAK; # Yet Another Kilobyte

    PooLpi


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