Sorry for the topic line...
OK guys (and gals). Hands up who knows what Dial-up speed is? Hands up who has actually used a real dialup connection? Hands up who actually knows what a 300baud or 1200/75 connection feels like... OK, Both of you, you're excused from this discussion.
"Dialup speed" is one of the most misunderstood terms bandied about on Geekzone, and it's frustrating when people emotively or deliberately use the term inaccurately.
Here are some acceptable descriptions of "dialup speed"...
- You're actually using a real dialup modem, you will probably be getting anything between 24kbps and 53kbps as a connection speed.
- Your ADSL line has been capped to 64kbps. Although this is technically greater than dialup, it's close, and various factors conspire to make policing at this line speed awkward so performance is often "dialup speed"
- You are genuinely experiencing throughput of less than about 64kbps
Here are some unacceptable descriptions of "dialup speed"... Note these are made up but based on stuff I have continuously seen here and in other forums.
- OMG, I can't get over a MB/sec, I only get 60KB/sec - that's DIALUP SPEED.
- I can barely stream Hidef Youtube, it's like DIALUP SPEED
- I can't max out my ADSL line, why are we stuck with this DIALUP SPEED?
- Why can't I get over 100K/sec on Bittorrent, it's worse than DIALUP SPEED.
Those last four comments are utter BS, but regularly show up here in various guises.
So why is it so hard to get this right... As I see it, there's a few possible reasons...
1) The person has never used dialup, and simply doesn't know what dialup means, and just use it as a term for 'slower than I expect'
2) The person knows that dialup is 56kbps (kilobit/sec) nominally, but doesn't understand that their application showing them 50KBps (Kilobytes/sec) is actually showing 7-8 times faster than the max theoretical dialup speed
3) The people know what dialup is, and have a good handle on the units in play, but simply don't care, and want to make a point by lying.
See the examples chart on : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_rate_units
Cheers - N