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Speedtest.net overhauled with new look, new features

Speedtest.net is pretty much the go-to site for quickly figuring out how fast (or slow) your connection really is and comparing the numbers your ISP boasts with what it actually delivers. And now it's got a new coat of paint and a couple of neat features. In brief: New UI: The map widget is much improved; it actually looks like a map now, and it's easy to see where you are. Smart...

Burnbit turns just about any download into a torrent

Ever found an awesome download on the Web and thought, "Man, why don't they offer a torrent download?!" It's so much nicer pulling down Ubuntu ISOs at 690K per second via µTorrent instead of 250K or so via HTTP. A newly-launched service called Burnbit is set to give Web downloads a much-needed punch in the face. Head over to their website, drop the URL to an HTTP download in the blank,...

Intel's Light Peak interconnect brings 10 gigabits per second to a USB cable

Domestic, consumer-grade high-speed optical cables are finally here, folks! By the end of the year you will begin to see Intel's new Light Peak technology. So that you have some idea of just how fast 10 gigabits per second is, Intel's Light Peak overview leaps straight into layman's analogy: at 10Gb/s, you could transfer a Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds -- that's 1200 megabytes per...

YouTube Video Speed History -- check your video streaming speed!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you YouTube 'My Speed'. Don't all click it at once. OK, by now now you've all clicked it. The silence is deafening. This is definitely one of those 'ooh, cool... but... er... so?' things. Well I say that, but I know there's a whole bunch of computer enthusiasts out there that simply love to compare their performance against other people. YouTube says that it...

YouTube beta testing stripped down "Feather" design

They just put the Google homepage on a diet, and now they're looking at ways to trim the fat from YouTube as well. Google has introduced an opt-in beta for Feather, a new layout which strips away a lot of the excess from the standard page layout. According to the sign-up page, the goal is "to serve YouTube video watch pages with the lowest latency possible." To make that possible, Feather does...

StackExchange lets you build a knowledge exchange platform for a pretty penny

Knowledge exchange site Stack Overflow and its cousins Super User and Server Fault created quite a stir when they were released by noted developers Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood. And though it should probably have been obvious, in the process of building out these niche sites, what they had actually done was build a knowledge exchange platform. Now that platform, called StackExchange, has been...

Google helps found M-Lab to identify ISPs who throttle torrents

Google has joined with the Open Technology Institute to help identify which ISPs are restricting peer-to-peer traffic, launching M-Lab to help users discover whether or not they're being affected. One of the tools M-Lab will use is Glasnost, a java applet that initiates a torrent transfer between a user's pc and the remote testing server. It compares the results to the speed of a normal transfer...

Bandwidth Throttling and Small Business

Internet Service Providers are coming at high bandwidth users from all directions, but mostly poorly. Dave Winer once again is at the forefront with his Comcast controversy where the ISP threatened to cut off his service for using "too much" bandwidth but wouldn't tell him how much "too much" was. You can hear the DLS podcast here. Comcast is sending out threatening letters labeling customers as...

Cyber Bandwidth Monitor: Keep track of your bandwidth usage

Cyber Bandwidth Monitor does pretty much exactly what you'd expect it to do, and more. This little WIndows utility tracks your upload and download speeds over time and plots your network activity on a little graph. The utility grabs data once per second, but you can adjust the settings so that it refreshes more frequently. You can also tweak a ton of display settings, ranging from the font and...

Manage your browser bandwidth with Firefox Throttle and IE Throttle

Ever need to manage or monitor your web browser's bandwidth usage? Say, for example that you want to send a large file via FTP, but want to do some web browsing while you wait. You don't want your web browser to eat up your bandwidth, but aside from avoiding media-rich web sites, what can you do? You could install Firefox Throttle or IE Throttle. These two browser plugins let you cap the upload...

Egypt calls for bandwidth rationing after tubes get clogged

If you remember the late 70's, you probably remember gas rationing in the United States when OPEC cut oil production. This lead to pandemonium at the pumps and confusion for American citizens. Well to a lesser degree, having bandwidth cut off would also lead to having to make tough choices. Perhaps this is why the Egyptian government has asked that all Internet users temporarily stop downloading...

Holiday gifts from Flickr

Flickr is making our holidays a little cheerier with some bonuses for Pro and Free members alike. The biggest bonus is for Pro users, of course: Beginning this month all Pro account will have totally unlimited storage and bandwidth. While probably only a fraction of Pro users were bumping up against the old 2GB-per-month upload limit, who can argue with unlimited? Free users have cause to...

Files-Upload.com, free unlimited transfer and storage

Files-Upload will let you upload up to a 1GB file unlimited times and unlimited storage on their site, and you can do it using your favorite FTP program. The catch here is that your files will only be retained for 6 months since the last download of that file. If you don't feel like downloading files every six months, you will lose files. Files-Upload offers a free subdomain...

Downloaders Anonymous: We're addicted, it's official

An article on NewScientistTech via Slashdot alerts us that many people these days are addicted to the Internet, and may be as clinically ill as alcoholics. Apparently Internet addicts try to hide their online activities and go online to get rid of a bad attitude (most likely trolling blogs), a habit that researchers say is dangerous and isn't healthy. First off, I thought most of us who are...

Verizon says Google and Microsoft should pay for bandwidth

Apparently Verizon didn't realize when they got into the broadband Internet business that they were getting into, well, the broadband Internet business. TechWeb is reporting that Verizon, which charges its customers $38 per month, thinks that companies like Google and Microsoft whose apps use up that bandwidth should chip in, too. The Verizon rep quoted in the article says that content providers...