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Browsing Frugally Without Wasting Bandwidth? 450

Posted by Soulskill
from the ix-nay-on-the-orn-pay dept.
forrestm writes "At home, my internet connection is limited to 1GB / month before I have to pay extra. At my university, I'm charged around 2.5c per megabyte. I rarely download anything big, but I often go through a large amount of bandwidth by simply browsing around. For example, when I play a YouTube video, click a link, and then return to the video, the whole video reloads. When I read some websites, such as BoingBoing.net or Cnet.com, my status bar shows a whole lot of data being transferred through other domains. Some pages seem to send/receive data at certain intervals for the duration of my visit. When I begin to enter a search in Firefox's search bar, a list of suggestions is automatically downloaded. In addition to this, Firefox often requests internet access of its own accord, even though I have automatic updating turned off. All this is costing me! How do I stop unsolicited use of my internet connection? How do I go about not wasting bandwidth like this?"
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  • That's lousy (Score:3, Informative)

    by Antony-Kyre (807195) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @02:12AM (#25507429)

    Why would it be so bad in a day where technology should be so advanced?

    What about disabling pictures/whatever in your Internet browser settings?

  • No Script (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Coldeagle (624205) * on Saturday October 25, 2008 @02:12AM (#25507431)
    If you're a FireFox user I would recommend the No Script and adblock add on. That way you're not actually loading anything unless you specify.
    • Re:No Script (Score:5, Informative)

      by NoobixCube (1133473) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @02:15AM (#25507461) Journal

      I find No Script to be a bit of a pain, usually, because I seem to spend half of my time allowing things that I need. Adblock, however, is the only thing that keeps the internet usable for me when I exceed my download limit. I get shaped down to 56k instead of my usual 10 Mb/s - a very painful fall. Adblock lets me load pages in far less than half the time it would take without it. It's shocking how much crap is foisted on us at our own expense, really.

      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        ... because I seem to spend half of my time allowing things that I need...

        You can either white list those "things that I need" or go to better Web sites. If you want Web 2.0 then you need a better connection. If you want to save bandwidth turn off all scripting and disallow iframes, meta-refreshes, plugins etc. Better yet use Lynx as people have already suggested. A Website that can't be viewed with Lynx is a Web site not worth visiting.

        • by catch23 (97972)

          It is pretty painful whitelisting everything manually in NoScript. They probably don't want to create trusted whitelists since someone could potentially do some dns poisoning and cause the whitelist to be tainted. I usually just turn NoScript off when I'm visiting my usual set of sites, then turn it on when I'm going into uncharted waters. It does make web browsing a painful experience at least until the whitelist contains most of the "good" websites so that your pages don't look all broken.

          • Re:No Script (Score:4, Interesting)

            by Koiu Lpoi (632570) <koiulpoi@TOKYOgmail.com minus city> on Saturday October 25, 2008 @03:11AM (#25507693)
            Your "usual list of sites"? How long is it? Just whitelist the lot of them and be done with it, unless we're talking hundreds of them, which is a bit strange. It's really quite easy.
          • WTF!?!?! (Score:5, Informative)

            by rts008 (812749) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @04:08AM (#25507879) Journal

            Dude, all you have to do when visiting a site to be white-listed is is :
            1. visit the site.
            2. navigate your curser to the 'S' with the red circle and slash (in the bottom right corner of FF), and choose "allow this page". If you have not set NoScript to refresh the page withe new settings (Windows= 'tools'> Add-ons> highlight (left-click/hover on NoScript in the 'add-ons' dialog box) NoScript, click on the 'Options' button> select 'General' tab> checkmark the box labeled 'Automatically reload affected pages when permissions change.'

            3. ???

            4. PROFIT!!!

            For extra credit,try the "appearance' tab (Tools>Add-ons>NoScript>Options.

            Personally, mine is set at:

            (long story, short version) "Show..."
            "Status bar labeled" == unchecked
            "Full Domain" == unchecked
            "Full Address" == unchecked

            It provides a nice experience online for me, along with control over which parts of a web page can load.

            When in doubt, you can always try "temporarily allow XYZ.org/com/net/edu".

            P.S. I am currently having to settle for a Windows machine against my choice, but the above info is the same under Linux and Firefox, except it is accessed from "Edit">"Preferences">....

          • It takes two clicks to permanently whitelist a site. Your "usual set of sites" will take a minute or so to add.

            >"potentially do some dns poisoning and cause the whitelist to be tainted"

            You said you turn noscript off for your "usual" sites then on again when you "venture out". How is this safer than just whitelisting your usual sites?

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by Jurily (900488)

          A Website that can't be viewed with Lynx is a Web site not worth visiting.

          So how would you rate my university's website, the only place I can sign up for my classes (IE only)? Should I quit until they fix it for lynx?

          • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

            So how would you rate my university's website, the only place I can sign up for my classes (IE only)? Should I quit until they fix it for lynx?

            I don't know what University you go to. One university I was thinking of going to (when I was just a teeny-bopper) offered me a partial scholarship but I turned them down because of the very poor customer service. I would have probably done the same with your university. If you've already committed yourself financially then you can always try to ask for a refund or a transfer. I'm sorry to hear about your school. You should complain to the student union about this absurdity.

          • by kdemetter (965669)

            No , just post your university name here, and then write a paper about browser comptibility , reffering to this article.

      • Re:No Script (Score:4, Informative)

        by aug24 (38229) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @02:57AM (#25507643) Homepage

        I suggest FlashBlock instead of NoScript if he only wants to stop flash from being auto-downloaded and leave the JS alone.

        Justin.

        • Re:No Script (Score:5, Insightful)

          by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @03:37AM (#25507791)

          I suggest FlashBlock instead of NoScript if he only wants to stop flash from being auto-downloaded and leave the JS alone.

          Agreed. I don't argue that NoScript isn't useful for some people; but for the average person it's too extreme of a solution. FlashBlock stops the vast majority of current web annoyances without requiring user intervention just to get the average site's navigation working.

          Some may argue that for a site to require JavaScript for navigation is ridiculous; but we've got to deal with the real world here. Disabling all client-side scripting by default just breaks too many sites.

          • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

            by kayditty (641006)

            I use both noscript and flashblock. flashblock handles youtube videos and such much better than noscript ever could, because the DOM still loads and doesn't require a page reload. I just have to click on the icon. not only that, but flashblock works on a per-object basis, so that I can load up as many youtube tabs as I want without having 25 videos trying to play at once. I much prefer that than to have youtube videos load as soon as I open them, and that seems like that would be quite useful for this guy a

      • by jesdynf (42915)

        The most recent NoScript upgrades have done good work with the Untrusted lists -- you can make most decisions permanent from the icon menu, now. I've never needed more than fifteen seconds to get any site working -- even the crazy blogs with six adservers, three tracking services, and four types of embedded media.

        But even if it was more trouble, I'd still use it. Remember, NoScript is message-agnostic -- it's not an adblocker by any means, it just limits the services your computer will make available to web

      • You can set NoScript to block only 3rd-party scripts i.e. allow scripts from the site you went to (e.g. Google) but block all the extra crud. In Options, General, check the "allow base 2nd-level domains by default". That cuts out mostt of the extra work you're talking about, but assumes you don't go to any sites that have malicious intent in their own right.
      • by plover (150551) *

        Change your NoScript settings to always temporarily allow Full Domains (or even Base 2nd Level domains if you're ok with that) and you'll find very few sites give you reason to whitelist or blacklist anything else (apart from the embedded links to Youtube videos that seem to litter the web.)

        In addition to NoScript I run Flashblock and Adblock Plus, too. I find pages load far faster for me in Firefox than they do in IE.

    • Re:No Script (Score:5, Informative)

      by houghi (78078) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @04:30AM (#25507963)

      And if you are not a Firefox user. Become one.

      Some extra things you can do on top of most other things
      1) http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm [mvps.org] will block out many things without even trying to fetch them.
      2) Use privoxy or junkbuster
      3) https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1672 [mozilla.org] ImgLikeOpera This extension is very useful for non broadband users
      4) If you have more then 1 PC, install a proxy server. Or perhaps using your providers proxy server won't count for as much (a long shot, but worth ti check out)
      5) Use a webinterface for your mail without too many adds, like Gmail.
      6) Read /. with the "Low Bandwith", simple design and such set
      7) Use Lynx, links or w3m to browse most sites and only use firefox for those that actually need it.

      Do use all of the things, not just one or two. Only when they conflict yiu need to choose.

    • Re:No Script (Score:4, Informative)

      by Peet42 (904274) <Peet42@noSpAm.Netscape.net> on Saturday October 25, 2008 @04:57AM (#25508057)

      And don't forget the wonder that is "Flashblock". That will stop your YouTube movies and other Flash content from loading until you explicitly click on them, so no more "driveby" bandwidth wastage.

    • Be Clear! A few things:

      With Adblock, you can specify domains/directories that are bandwidth wasters, a few hours training your blacklists and sites like CNut actually fly!
      Pay close attention to stuff that transfers in the backround, i.e. just block that stuff right away. Then quadruple the size of your cache, and look into it and see what are the largest items. Block them.

      Also, See if you can find any free wifi that you can download files on. ( i.e. do some war walking at home, and at school ).
  • Use Squid (Score:4, Informative)

    by pembo13 (770295) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @02:12AM (#25507433) Homepage
    Setup Squid with bandwidth limits as you see fit.
  • Here you go (Score:4, Informative)

    by dgun (1056422) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @02:13AM (#25507441) Homepage
  • by Weaselmancer (533834) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @02:14AM (#25507449)

    At home, my internet connection is limited to 1GB / month before I have to pay extra.

    "Well there's your problem."

    • by Frogbert (589961)

      To be fair he could be in a third world nation where that is actually the top teir plan. For example a 1mbps "unlimited" connection in Vanuatu goes for the princly sum of $585 USD per month.

      Perhaps 1gb downloads per month is all the submitter can reasonably afford, or even get.

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        To be fair he could be in a third world nation where that is actually the top teir plan.

        You're using Telstra BigPond in Australia, aren't you? Sigh.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 25, 2008 @05:01AM (#25508077)

      There are two kinds of problems in this world:
      Those you can do something about, and those you can not.

      Soulskill did not say so, but I am willing to bet he is from South Africa (as I am). I will therefore answer in this context, if the context is wrong, apologies.

      The 1Gb limit is fairly typical as is the charging per bandwidth by your university. Even if you go to the library, you still have to log in and you are charged.

      The reasons for this are numerous (and I am not going to claim that I can give a fair analysis in such a short space) but it includes the facts that
      * South Africa get's its international connectivity from the States and Europe. So there are seriously long cables that run to serve RELATIVELY small population of internet users.
      * There is an effective monopoly (or by now duopoly) on bandwidth provision (and yes, this is being fought)
      * South Africa (and most other third world countries) needs to pay for it connectivity to other countries (but why not the other way around?)

      This landscape is changing, extra cables are being laid under sea, SLOWLY the market is being deregulated so we can look forward to some cheaper bandwidth in future. In the meantime, these are the cards we are being dealt.

      So before giving an answer as simplistic as this (and being marked insightful 5!!!!) consider that the world is larger.

      I hope this does add insight.

      Flame away.

  • firefox + adblock + flashblock + noscript + dont use youtube
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by i'm lost (1247580)

      Does flashblock do anything that noscript doesn't do?

      • Better yet, uninstall flash altogether.
      • no idea, noscript is not something I personally use because i find it be more of a pain in the ass than a help most of the time, but i know it stops pages refreshing themselves which is why it got a mention.
      • by Dr. Evil (3501)

        I'm not sure, I only use Flashblock, but on Youtube, Flashblock is great. You click a video and it starts loading.

        You click back and forward, the video doesn't reload. The flash is blocked.

      • Yes, noscript blocks sites from scripting content from other sites, Flashblock blocks every flash, even on the current page. ( Flash does not need java-scrpit to auto play ).

    • Re:easy (Score:5, Informative)

      by WK2 (1072560) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @04:21AM (#25507937) Homepage

      Use adblockplus rather than adblock. Adblock is obsolete, and does not work with current Firefox versions.

      Here are some bandwidth saving keys to add to your user.js file:
      ---- // Don't submit every character I type in the search box to google
      user_pref("browser.search.suggest.enabled", false);
      user_pref("browser.search.update", false); // Update extensions and Adblock filters every 15 days.
      user_pref("extensions.update.interval", 1296000);
      user_pref("extensions.adblockplus.synchronizationinterval", 360); // Note that the first is measured in seconds, and the second is measured in hours. // Block pages from autorefreshing
      user_pref("accessibility.blockautorefresh", true);

      ---

      Leave youtube videos loaded in the tab until you are sure you won't want to watch it again. I typically turn the sound off and allow a youtube video to load while I am surfing in another tab. When the video is done loading, I turn the sound back on and watch it from the beginning.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by secolactico (519805)

        Leave youtube videos loaded in the tab until you are sure you won't want to watch it again. I typically turn the sound off and allow a youtube video to load while I am surfing in another tab. When the video is done loading, I turn the sound back on and watch it from the beginning.

        Or you can hit pause, switch to another window/tab and it will continue to load. When done, unpause.

  • Squid. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bmo (77928) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @02:16AM (#25507465)

    Install a cache server. Like Squid.

    http://www.squid-cache.org/ [squid-cache.org]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squid_cache [wikipedia.org] /thread.

    --
    BMO

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by grasshoppa (657393)

      Which actually doesn't help the youtube problem. Squid can't cache youtube videos. You'd think it'd be able to, I would expect it to, but it doesn't.

      • Re:Squid. (Score:5, Informative)

        by unlametheweak (1102159) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @02:32AM (#25507529)

        Something like "Downloadhelper is good for Youtube. It's a Firefox extension. You don't need Javascript or flash enabled to use it. Just download the video and watch it as many times as you want. I know there are other programs like this, but this one is actually up-todate and simple to use.

      • Re:Squid. (Score:4, Informative)

        by bobv-pillars-net (97943) <bobvin@pillars.net> on Saturday October 25, 2008 @03:27AM (#25507757) Homepage Journal

        It is *possible* to cache YouTube videos and the like, but you'd need some technical skill to pull it off. Basically, you'd write a Squid pre-filter that replaces embedded YouTube videos with an embedded call to a local cgi-script. On the first invocation, the cgi-script would download and cache the video while streaming it to the client. Subsequent calls would skip the download process.

        Of course, this only saves bandwidth when you re-watch the same video over-and-over.

        Even in the pre-YouTube days of the internet, Squid didn't help with bandwidth all that much. I once set up a Squid cache in transparent-proxy mode at an ISP with around 400 dial-up customers. I gave it 4 GB of cache space, which doesn't sound like much now, but our biggest drives were 500mb full-height SCSI bricks. I tuned every configurable option and pulled every trick in the book to maximize the caching. The experiment lasted around a month, during which time Squid saved us around 30% on our inbound bandwidth, according to log analysis. We finally had to shut it down because customers started to notice that they weren't seeing real-time data (like stock quotes) and some of them threatened to sue.

        Bottom line: If you want low-bandwidth internet, use one of the these:

        Lynx [isc.org]

        Links [jikos.cz]

        ELinks [elinks.or.cz]

        w3m [sourceforge.net]

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by whoever57 (658626)

      Install a cache server. Like Squid.

      Judging by my squid analysis (using Calamaris), Squid will only save about 10% of a small network's bandwidth -- even if it is setup with a reasonably large (5GB) cache and a large size (100MB) for the maximum size of cached objects.

      • by Cycon (11899)

        Judging by my squid analysis (using Calamaris), Squid will only save about 10% of a small network's bandwidth -- even if it is setup with a reasonably large (5GB) cache and a large size (100MB) for the maximum size of cached objects.

        When tethering via mobile data plan (where I also happen to have a 1 GB/mo cap), I frequently connect to my office computer via compressed SSH tunnel, using a port redirect to a squid cache server running there, eg:

        ssh user@workstation -C -L 3128:localhost:3128

        Then I set up a

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by cryptoluddite (658517)

      I like polipo [jussieu.fr]. It's much, much easier to use for personal browsing and you can have it cache your cgi-bin stuff or whatever. You should be able to set it up to cache the youtube videos, even if they are 'Cache-Control: no-cache'.

      I tried to install squid, but it brought back sendmail nightmares. Squid is just way overkill for personal browsing proxy/cache.

  • by JetScootr (319545) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @02:20AM (#25507483) Journal
    About 100 ad domains eat up most bandwidth if you're using the most popular sites. Put those 100 domains into your hosts file pointed at '127.0.0.1' and eliminate half or more of the bandwidth used by normal surfing at cnn.com, yahoo.com, etc. Google it - there's a site out there that has a huge hosts file you can download; it's overkill - you really only need about 200 max. Just keep checking where your unwanted cookies are coming from, and null those sites.
  • Firefox connections (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
  • Library (Score:2, Insightful)

    by DeadDecoy (877617)
    Go to the library?
    Seriously, if you're at a University, or hell, any community, you should have a library which usually has some kind of internet connection. And you don't have to worry about being charged some arbitrary amount per MB. : /
  • force text only. no flash or images

    and set your browser to identify yourself as say, blackberry's browser. opera can do this sort of cloaking through an easy menu interface. large sites you visit will automatically downstep your content. otherwise, purposefully only visit sites that are mobile friendly versions of the main sites. for example, slashot's mobile friendly site is http://slashdot.org/palm [slashdot.org]

  • by jamonterrell (517500) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @02:36AM (#25507549)
    I'm thinking that's your best bet.
    • Oh, and possibly a very good antenna, in case your neighbors aren't so close.
    • You've been moderated funny, but that's pretty insightful actually. It just goes to show how ridiculous these limits are, when there's a good chance you could find more free, unused, and unrecognised bandwidth just lying around on the airwaves.

  • I don't know what OS you're running, but this will work with any of them. Go search for a host file blacklist that routes known ads/spam/flash to localhost. Here is the one I use:

    http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm [mvps.org]

    Instructions are on the page. This saves a huge amount of bandwidth in addition to the time spent waiting around for slow adservers before the page loads.

    It probably blocks some slashverts, but oh well. Life isn't fair.

    -b

  • User curl or wget.

  • Disable prefetching (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mj01nir (153067) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @02:51AM (#25507617)
    Disable prefetching [mozillazine.org].
    about:config
    network.prefetch-next false
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Frozen Void (831218)

      Crap like this enabled by default hurts Firefox mindshare.
      From my about:config there dozens of entires i had to manually change for firefox to work smoothly,plus adblock.
      Adblock doesn't have the NoScript functionality of "Block everything unless i told you otherwise" and i have to block ads one by one(i don't use susbscription filters).I once tried using blocksite,but its much slower to operate and interface is primitive.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by WK2 (1072560)

        From https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Link_prefetching_FAQ [mozilla.org]:

        It is important that websites adopt tag based prefetching instead of trying to roll-in silent downloading using various JS/DOM hacks. The tag gives the browser the ability to know what sites are up to, and we can use this information to better prioritize document prefetching. The user preference to disable tag prefetching may simply encourage websites to stick with JS/DOM hacks, and that would not be good for users. This is one reason why prefetc

  • by gregbaker (22648) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @02:57AM (#25507641) Homepage

    I have a couple of suggestions for Firefox...

    Don't load images: Preferences -> Content and uncheck "Load images automatically".

    Block other media you don't want: FlashBlock [mozdev.org], AdBlock [mozilla.org], QuickJava [mozilla.org] (for Java and JavaScript)

    You could also try fiddling with the browser.cache.check_doc_frequency [mozillazine.org] in your about:config. I haven't tried it, but setting it to 2 might yield good results.

  • by keeboo (724305) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @02:58AM (#25507645)
    If you have access to a remote server which do not have bandwidth limitations (perhaps a friendly sysadmin in an university?) you may try a compressing proxy such as Ziproxy [sourceforge.net] which recompresses pictures to lower quality and does some extra black magic aswell.

    It seems that RabbIT [khelekore.org] does that too, but I've never used that software myself.
  • I don't have flash installed, so I just download the videos to watch. This is particularly easy from youtube.

    I use this bookmarklet, there are many other sites like this, but I find this convenient, and you can always just use FireBug to watch for the FLV files. javascript:document.location='http://keepvid.com/?url='+escape(window.location);

  • wardriving.

    No offense to wherever you are, but I haven't seen such crazy restrictions since....well those are the worst I've ever heard of. And I've been around since the BBS days.

    • by zakezuke (229119)

      No offense to wherever you are, but I haven't seen such crazy restrictions since....well those are the worst I've ever heard of. And I've been around since the BBS days.

      In the early days of DSL in my region, there were some ISPs that offered those restrictions. They were reported to be good ISPs, just a tad costly if you exceeded their limit. It didn't seem "so" bad at the time 1GB at 640k/256, well except you could bust your limit after 1/2 hour.

      For the life of me I can't remember the name of the ISPs in question, mainly because I didn't use them. Part of the reason to get DSL was to download things CD sized like linux.

  • Obvious solution: http://links.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net]
  • Four ways (Score:3, Informative)

    by Leemeng (970560) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @03:19AM (#25507723)

    1. Adblock Plus (not plain Adblock)

    2. FlashBlock

    3. Modified Hosts file (http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm)

    4. If you need to watch a Youtube vid more than once, you can download it to your PC via keepvid.com.

  • Do like what the guy from those AT&T commercials who has cable internet does.....get a LONG ethernet cable.....and borrow a neighbor's connection. Shoot...even offer to pay like 10 bucks a month for the privilege.

    It's either that or learn how to cantenna and war-drive.

  • Use Opera (Score:5, Informative)

    by A Friendly Troll (1017492) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @03:26AM (#25507753)

    Nobody suggested this yet, so I will:

    Use Opera.

    One of its really great features is the ability to browse the web with image loading turned off, either completely, or just by allowing already-cached images to be displayed. Ever ended up on a random forum while googling something and had half a dozen megabytes of flashy avatars and signatures loaded, plus someone embedding giant images into the thread? I have. Image loading toggle is a keypress or a mouse click away.

    If you globally turn JavaScript and plugins off, you won't be surprised by a site loading a megabyte of JS from somewhere (damn those huge libraries), or by any kind of Flash content or embedded videos. Helps security, too. You can always whitelist sites you regularly use.

    The third great thing about Opera is instant Back/Forward navigation. Nothing is reloaded. Extra bandwidth savings. Extra time savings, too, with mouse gestures.

  • I personally would invest in a better package.

    Work out how much you are paying over the odds each month of extra bandwidth and then just pay that up front for a better package. You are certainly likely to get a better deal.

  • Firefox's search bar (Score:3, Informative)

    by fahrbot-bot (874524) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @03:50AM (#25507829)

    When I begin to enter a search in Firefox's search bar, a list of suggestions is automatically downloaded.

    Turn this feature off. Click on the downarrow to the left of the search box, select "Manage Search Engines" and de-select "Show search suggestions".

    You can also disable this (annoying) feature for Google page searches from their Preferences page. This sets "SG=0" in the Google PREF cookie -- which I've set in my proxy server so it's effectively disabled for all my browsers.

  • Seriously - you can tinker around about the edges, but 1 minute of YouTube video a day will negate all your hard work.

    Also: use the low bandwidth versions of sites, such as Google [google.com], BBC News [bbc.co.uk], or Washington Post [twp.com]

    . On Slashdot, set "Simple Design" and "Low Bandwidth" here [slashdot.org].

  • The problem is that your ISP is using bandwidth schemes that belonged years back. You ask what you can do to minimize your bandwidth usage, but aside from ad block programs, there's nothing you can do.

    I wonder how an ISP can defend such pricing in 2008 where a simple Youtube video can set you back 100 MB. I've noticed that my everyday usage goes beyond 500 MB on a slow day, but it's usually well over 1000 MB per day considering the fact that I watch some videos and such.

    Anyway, install an ad blocker,
  • Where do you live, that you are getting reamed so badly? Alaska? Yukon? Argentina?
    • by ehintz (10572)

      Probably New Zealand (though I hear South Africa is pretty bad too).

      The problem with living on an island in the middle of the pacific is that there's not much content generated locally, and since we're pretty much BFE to the rest of the world, we have to deal with this sorta stuff. Just about everything is considerably more expensive. Sucks, but then living here kicks ass on the US overall, so ya deal. I sure as hell couldn't afford my current ocean view back in California (even now that the housing market

  • Don't click links when you want to go back. Open in new tab exists for a reason.
  • 1 GB/month may SOUND like a lot, but it really isn't.
    Your 1 GB/month alocation would be eaten up if you have some task in the background soaking up 3.2 kb/second in bandwidth. That's how rediculously small that amount is.

    33.6 kbit/second constant load on your connection would add up to 10.5 GB/month
    Slashdot's frontpage alone is 630 kB. 3 visits a day for a month takes up 55 MB
    New York Times' frontpage is 830 kB. 3 visits a day for a month takes up 72 MB
    TVGuide.com isn't much better at 720 kB.
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