SurveyHave you noticed a slowdown of the intertubes this month?
      – BorgClown, 2009-12-14 at 21:15:39   (8 comments)

On 2009-12-14 at 21:18:34, BorgClown wrote...
I do, from my home broadband to my cell phone, they're about a third of the usual speed, and the latency is horrible. Too many people at home. Last year it was the same.
On 2009-12-14 at 22:06:14, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I have, but it's usually impossible to say if it's down to local problems or something obscure like slow DNS look-ups or even just that the sites you typically connect to aren't being reliable. I remember in previous years, perhaps 10 years ago, going online on Christmas day was great because it was suddenly much faster. Whereas these days it's probably the opposite, with more people getting online (although it typically takes them about a week to figure it out!)
On 2009-12-15 at 19:05:53, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I'm mostly having trouble streaming - iPlayer is currently giving me an 'insufficient bandwidth' message.
On 2009-12-15 at 20:37:26, BorgClown wrote...
I get occasional up to 30s blackouts!
On 2009-12-17 at 21:34:43, BorgClown wrote...
Man, you can't do a thing these days, too many dropped connections. Interestingly, the Internet at work is much better, although slow as well. I suppose that's because leased lines have a guaranteed speed, while home lines only have an optimal maximum.
On 2009-12-18 at 04:17:26, BorgClown wrote...
Wow, found the cause. My land line has too much noise, probably due to the recent rains. Now it constantly drops the connection for several minutes. Took me a while to post this. Talk about not using the phone.
On 2009-12-18 at 11:50:50, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I don't have a landline, I only have a cable modem and use it for my Internet 'phone which gives me a local number. However, I have problems with most streaming videos - no matter which site hosts it or which flash player is used. So either there's a problem with Flash 10 on Linux or my ISP is messing up my connections.
On 2009-12-19 at 04:51:44, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Maybe the sites themselves have more demand.