Sunday, July 06, 2014

You May Have Another Reason To Get Mad At Your ISP

Lets talk speed for a minute. No, I'm not talking about how fast your car goes or how fast you can run. I'm talking about your computer. Yes the speed your computer operates and performs it's basic functions is based around the overall processing power that it possesses. The streaming and buffering of video from the internet is completely different. Maybe you can work on PowerPoint and Excel or iMovie all at the same time with no real speed issues. That's due to the fact that your computer's processor is able to handle the work load you're putting on it with multiple programs running. The programs are also not linked to the internet however. How many times have you been using YouTube or some other video streaming site only to sit there and want to punch a whole through your screen because of the excruciatingly long load times? Probably more times than you care to remember, but it might not be the websites fault. It may be your Internet Service Provider's.

It's so easy to go ahead and put the blame for a slow streaming speed upon the website itself. I'm guilty of that one myself, I won't lie. The thing is that you don't ever really think about your ISP being the cause of the problem. Naturally you don't want to have everyone on the internet at the same time because it will cause the internet to become slower. That being said, you might not think of having your streamed videos being slow come from your ISP, especially if you're the only one on the internet at the time. Well YouTube has something to say to everyone; It's not their fault.

Lets say you're looking up videos on YouTube. You may come across a small blue banner on top of your screen that says "Experiencing interruptions?". There is a reason for this. You're video playback experience is not at the level that it should be at upon viewing. The ISP you are using might not be "HD Verified". Should that be the case, then expect to see that little blue banner. I would also suggest changing your ISP if you get the chance. It also might not be that easy. We will get to that in a second.

YouTube isn't the only one putting blame towards the ISPs out there. Netflix is tossing blame their way as well. Netflix has had many a complaint that they're service has been less than satisfactory because of how slow their buffering is or how poor their playback quality is. Netflix has had banners that suggest that it could be the fault of the ISPs as well, although theirs was before YouTube's. Verizon wasn't necessarily thrilled about this and sent a cease an desist letter to Netflix. Needless to say I feel as if this isn't exactly the best press towards Verizon. If they are to blame, then they need to take the blame.

There have been way too many ISPs out there not giving the proper amount of internet speed towards their customers, and I feel like the streaming services that we use and unknowingly blame are tired of being blamed. Thus, they've now shed light on who we should be mad at. The only issue is that there seems to be only 2 or 3 ISPs out there, so now it becomes an issue of which is the ISP that is going to have least crappy service.

I truly do hope that the ISPs out there will learn that when a customer pays for a service, they should be getting what they paid for, and not some sub-standard, joke service. It's 2014 after all guys. Let's at least pretend to pick up the pace a little bit. If you're having trouble with your internet service, feel free to call your ISP and complain. You should be getting the service that you paid for. And after all, the customer is always right... Right?

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Battle Of The Best Browser

There are multiple web browsers out there, but which one is actually noted the best? Most of the time it will come down to personal preference, whether it be using Chrome, Safari, Firefox or internet Explorer. Each browser then has strengths and weaknesses, but other browsers are currently stepping up their game by sending out rapid release update schedules. Today's popular browsers compete on a very competitive playing field, so here is some information about their differences.

Google Chrome: A few years ago Google Chrome was miles ahead of the competition, but sadly in this era it has ended. Chrome offers a simple tab layout and address bar layout for its users. Everything can be pretty organized as well. Like most web browsers, the window can have several tabs open to pages up at once, but Chrome still does a great job of delivering information whether your browser is fully expanded or minimized for space. Chrome also has a single-click bookmarking technique, which is done by simply clicking the star located on the right side of the address bar, which creates a hassle-free experience for its users. Google Chrome constantly differentiates itself through constant updates. It also features the largest and most useful selection of apps and extensions out of all the browsers. So if web apps and tons of dashboard features are important to your browsing experience, Chrome is your perfect match.
Firefox: The layout is pretty similar to Google Chrome with a few small differences. Firefox is on a six-week update schedule, which means developers try to fix any flaws that might turn users away from the browser. Some users refuse to leave Firefox because it offers unique extensions that have become essential. The built in PDF viewer is very handy; and Firefox remains the most customizable browser in terms of interface and display. Firefox is the best choice if you are looking for speed and managing super interactive webpages.
Internet Explorer: Now we have all heard several opinions within the past few years about Internet Explorer. Yet, it still remains one of the NSS, only Internet Explorer blocks trackers more than 90% from hazardous sites.
most popular web browsers. Internet Explorer, otherwise known as IE 11 (Internet Explorer 11), has many functions liked turning tabs in to new browsing windows. It sill has many of the features back when IE 10 came out like individual tab previewing from the has bar and "pinning" which lets you pin a website to the Windows 8 task bar. Privacy wise, Internet Eplorer gives you the best tracking protection, that blocks trackers completely from communicating with your browser. According to a 2013 study from
Safari Apple's web browser, Safari, which is on every Apple device, has attracted critics everywhere. In today's era, it is now a serious competitor to any of the large web browsers. With every update, it still tends to remain the same to bring familiarity for old users of the browser to feel at home. Mac users tend to find the full screen browsing feature helpful, that gives them the ultimate viewing experience. Safari offers the address search bar hybrid, along with all the usual bookmarking and readers tabs. The browser unfortunately lacks the single-click bookmarking tool that Chrome features, which makes users go through hurdles for something that should be more simple.

Popularity wise out of these browsers, Chrome was rated the top best according to StarCounter for May 2014, but all browsers listed above are consistently making improvements to give users the best possible browsing experience.

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