Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Comcast...(not) again

I have been working on a video of my daughter's graduation. Zipping the file and breaking it into smaller chunks helps in getting it up to my server - all 400 MB.

The upload process has been taking forever - cruising a slow and steady pace of 44KB/s. My upload is rated higher according to Comcast, so I jumped over to dslreport's speed test to see what the various speed test engine's would report. My upload of ZIPped, binary data, to MY website hosting server ... is being compressed.

I have heard of such things in for torrents, but this is MY data, going to MY webhost server, and within the boundaries of MY upload rating (as presented by Comcast). My claim of upload rating is based on the following text: "Maximum upload speeds range between 384 Kbps and 2 Mbps depending on the service tier selected and can be even faster with PowerBoost®." taken from here at the very bottom of the page.

I use 15% of my rated upload bandwidth and I get compressed. Great timing for the Qwest packages that have been released. Faster download, upload, plus a free modem. I think I need to ponder if a contract is that big of a deal...

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