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Topic # 23077 17-Jun-2008 12:44
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I've just posted some more information in my blog about isposure.

Research company Epitiro - which just released its first report on the state of New Zealand broadband (and discussed here on Geekzone) - is running a beta test of isposure, an interesting measuring tool that allows users to measure their Internet service, compare with other people's results in the same ISP, plan or region and even rate their ISPs in different aspects such as reliablity, customer services, perceived speed and value for money.





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  Reply # 138690 17-Jun-2008 13:18
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A couple of minor points:
  1. Windows only. No Mac/Linux/xBSD
  2. No indication of the volume downloaded per day, for those on usage based plans.

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  Reply # 138700 17-Jun-2008 14:06
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Great concept, but as pointed out by Michael:

Windows != Broadband




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Reply # 138706 17-Jun-2008 14:12
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They don't need every broadband user in the country installing this - they need a good sample to have statistically valid results.

Remember they are not measuring the OS market penetration, they are measuring broadband services and the number of Windows users is still large enough (isn't it?) to provide results that can be extrapolated.

It would be different if they had only a client running on GeOS and wanted to "measure the whole broadband landscape in New Zealand" with GeOS users only.




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Reply # 138707 17-Jun-2008 14:12
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Visit the site and check the picture of the laptop very carefully.

It looks suspiciously like a 13.3" Macbook White, with the Apple logo scrubbed out. (The port arrangement on the left side of the laptop itself (from her perspective), despite not being clear, looks just the port arrangement on such a Mac).

Clearly an impossibility unless she is using VMWare, Parallels, Bootcamp or VirtualBox - a bit of a stretch for what is likely a stock photo.

Plenty of other white laptops out there that include and run Windows out of the box to support the image of a Windows-only service!




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  Reply # 138788 17-Jun-2008 18:19
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Well, I installed it on 2 connections and the app simply doesn't work for me... The installs were on a WinXP machine and a Win2008  32bit server, both in fact running under Hyper-V on a Win2008 x64 install.

The app installed ok both times, and after running the app I can see an IsposureAgent.exe in the task manager, but there's nothing in the system tray and no apparent way to interact with the program.

Any ideas? (I have filled out a form on their website and am waiting for a response)

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  Reply # 138789 17-Jun-2008 18:21
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My post from freitasm's blog...

I set it up this morning, did a quick test and left. There was only one other person who was using it in my area.... freitasm?

The problem I have is that due to TCL's number allocation, it classes me as being in Wellington, when I am based in Johnsonville.

So those users who have a Telecom assigned phone number, wil get a lot more accurate results, when comparing to other people in your area. All of my results, are compared to who? It says that I am in 'Wellington' when I put in my work number (TNZ) it said Johnsonville. So where am I based?

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  Reply # 138804 17-Jun-2008 19:40
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Doesn't work for me either. Installed it onto an XP Pro SP2 desktop. Icon appears in task bar, but greyed out. If I choose "Run tests now", I get a message "Cannot connect to isposure servers. Please try later".




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  Reply # 138806 17-Jun-2008 19:44
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I had no problem running tests - but access to the results report hs been intermitent during the day - remember this is beta and still being worked on. I hear they plan to have a final release by sometime next week or after.




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  Reply # 138824 17-Jun-2008 20:54
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Worked for me on Xp64.
My address lookups number is slightly suspicious though. It's off the chart at 1000 per second!

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  Reply # 138842 17-Jun-2008 21:47
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Would be cool if they had mini charts that could be shared like speedtest.net has with it's ability to embed content.



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Reply # 138843 17-Jun-2008 21:47
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I will suggest to them to provide a hosted image with results, like speedtest does... This would make much easier for people to post results and compare information.




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  Reply # 138844 17-Jun-2008 21:50
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Thanks Freitasm for making my super fast connection look like dial up




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  Reply # 138865 17-Jun-2008 23:11
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Going to give this a go, seems like a good idea.

However their server has issues with speed, im pulling 20kb/s for the installer, and it doesnt support download resuming so my download manager cant split up the file :(

edit: so far the process is just sitting there, increasing in mem usage 200k at a time and then pausing for 20s before increasing again. then it drops down again and repeats the process.
edit2: now sitting idle on 7.5mb usage, program hasnt opened yet.

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