slightly OT: Internet weirdities

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Fri Aug 8 12:06:09 UTC 2008

2008/8/8 Jeff <kubuntu.user at>:
>  On 8 Aug 2008 at 1:38, Willy K. Hamra wrote about:
>  slightly OT: Internet weirdities
>> I was "apt-get"ing a few programs, and was with a lot of pain watching
>> the speed counting in bytes per second, something around 200
>> bytes/second! i thought it might be a bad night for downloading, ISP
>> overloaded or something, i tried pinging google, but the ping went very
>> well, with fast responses, so i thought i might try pinging
>>, maybe the servers are overloaded, and to my
>> astonishment as soon as the pinging started the download went straight
>> to 12 KiB/sec  which is quite well for my 128 kbps, but got me wondering
>> why such stuff happens? is it ISP related or something to do my PC?
> You are posting from a Tiscali UK address. Does one need to say more?
> They are infamous for loading their networks up beyond capacity. Is
> it any wonder that they cannot get anyone to buy them?

Willy posted from a gmail address, so your trace of the IP addresses
in his header would only lead you back to google's servers.
Furthermore, I suspect that you traced in the wrong direction,
mistaking the destination for the origin, which is why you see you own
ISP's address at the end.

As for Willy's concern, I also see erratic download speeds from *buntu
mirrors. I have never made the association with pinging, and figured
that it was a fault of my ISP. It has never been so bad that's I've
had to complain.

Dotan Cohen

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

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