OCTOBER 1996 NEWS@SYIX
************************************* * News @ SYIX * ************************************* October 3, 1996 Vol 2 No. 7
First, let me, as usual, welcome all the new people to SYIX, we are still experiencing massive growth, for example, we are increasing membership at, get this, over 15% growth PER MONTH. And when you have over 500 members, thats big growth!
There is a HTML version of this newsletter, so you don't have to find your way around all the tags here (although they all work in Eudora Pro and Netscape as is). Check it at http://www.syix.com/syixnews/
NEW PERSON AT SYIX!
We would like you all to welcome our newest member of the SYIX team, his name is Skip Smith, he has been a member with us for quite some time now, and he is our new marketing man! Skip will assist new members, develop corporate programs, setup store displays, and generally try even harder to make SYIX the first thing people think of when they think of Internet Access! Send Skip some e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and welcome him to the fold!
On the hardware front, we added a Cisco 2501 as our primary router, we were slowly overloading the Livingston Router, and it was showing in transfer rates on the server, so now we are at full speed again, running at around 100X faster than our fastest modem, we have plenty of capacity to serve you! We also ordered 10 more modems, another Livingston Terminal Server, and a 5 port BRI interface to support ISDN even better. That will put us at 70 incoming modem lines, and 5 incoming ISDN lines, more than enough to support all you need to do on the Net! These lines should be active in a week or so.
I am putting together a team of local professionals that you and I can trust for our computer needs, consisting of Computer Sales, Consultants, HTML Page designers, and others in the Computer Field that concentrate on OUR community. We are going to be calling them (all combined) TEAM SYIX! And the website will be online soon (as soon as the details are worked out on all parts of this.) They are all established businesses that SYIX has worked with, concentrating on servicing customers and clients in the Yuba City/Marysville area. Watch for TEAM SYIX!
I wanted to talk a bit about system performance, and what you should see when you use your modem connection to SYIX. I have created a bit of a chart below, relating to different things you do online and how they should work. Starting with hardware... All tests were done using a PC with a 486DX4-100 with 16M of RAM, using Windows 95 with its internal Winsock, a Boca 28.8 modem, connected from my home, usually at 26.4 or 28.8 depending on the mood of the phone company. (mornings give me 28.8, afternoons I get 26.4 or less, amazing how the pacbell lines effect the connection huh?) Anyway, I choose some different sites, flushed my netscape cache, and watched the "xfer" rate on different things as shown, and timed them all with my wristwatch, all with Netscape Navigator 3.0, 32 bit version. For FTP I used CuteFTP v1.6, 32 bit version.
First test, web pages, from scratch, netscape running already, all caches flushed, from the time I start loading the page to the time it grays out the "stop" button (complete page loaded) Then I hit the reload (to test system speed, it barely uses the net to do that) and that will give us our actual time to load off the net.
site name first load reload actual network time
www.syix.com 20.66 4.92 15.74 seconds altavista.digital.com 7.62 3.51 4.11 www.concourseast.org 27.05 5.01 22.04 www.yahoo.com 5.66 5.44 .22 (1) www.internic.net 48.22 2.76 45.46 rs6000.adm.fau.edu/rinaldi/netiquette.html 34.93 24.96 9.97 www.sjmercury.com 32.40 4.86 27.54
(1) amazing when there are few graphics huh?
A few notes, I ignored obviously bad numbers, like once www.yahoo.com failed to even appear, and I was going to do pathfinder's java page, but it refused to answer. The most critical numbers above are probably the reload times, your machine determines the speed of the net more than you might think, if you get much larger numbers than these, perhaps its time for more RAM? If your network times are much greater than this, then you have a modem problem, or a configuration problem that needs to be looked at. This was a VERY unscientific test, I have 2 other TCP/IP applications running at the same time (mail and a system monitor) that is also using some of the bandwidth of the modem, and used my watchs' stopwatch function, so a lot of human error was in there too. But it is consistant, since I probably made the same amount of human error each time :-)
FTP.... using email@example.com for the login, and like I said above, using Cute FTP 1.6 and all default settings. I used the numbers they showed in the log, as the "time..." line.
site and filename size time speed in K speed in bytes ftp.syix.com/pub/U32pb200.exe (1) 221448 1:13 2.96K 3033 bytes ftp.microsoft.com/msdownload/ieinstall/update.exe (2) 452160 2:19 3.18K 3252bytes ftp.mcafee.com/pub/antivirus/dat-9609.zip (3) 346312 1:56 2.92K 2985bytes
(1) This is a locally grown product, by Tom Farnow, check it out! (2) To Update your MSIE30 software (3) The September Virus Data File for McAfee
Note the trends, MS is a fast server (or actually a lot of fast servers) and runs clean and fast, but remember, they are occasionally REALLY bogged down, so you might see different numbers. I can't explain the speed difference between them and ftp.syix.com, except to say, "I guess I had better look into that". McAfee is in the bay area someplace, and its NOT a real fast server, but was running good today! These are all compressed files, uncompressed files will run MUCH faster, for instance....
ftp.syix.com/pub/windows95/mdmusrsp.inf 48339 :05 9.44K 9667bytes
This is because of data compression, I have my modem to computer speed set at 115,200 baud, and it can compress data up to that speed, and as you can tell, it almost hit 100,000 baud....(10 baud in a byte) Web text pages also run at near this speed, without all the graphics. If you have any questions about all this, or wonder why YOUR system never seems that fast, send me some mail and I will get with you on the phone in the next few days and we can get it worked out. I also made some screen shots of my Win95 settings, you can look at each and every screen that deals with Internet Access in Win95 at http://www.syix.com/support/win95inf.htm
FUN WITH NETSCAPE
Ever heard reference to an "about:URL"? They aren't really URLs, but if entered as URLs (in the Open Location window, or directly into the Location text box) they'll open a page with this information:
Type: To Get: about:cache Lists all files in disk cache about:memory-cache Lists all files in memory cache about:image-cache Lists all image files in cache about:global Lists all the places you've visited, and when
In addition to the pertinent information you can discover using the about:URLs we showed you, there are a bunch of other sites you can access using the About: command. Mostly, these commands will take you to pages describing key players at Netscape. For starters, try these two:
If you enjoy those, check out ari, atotic, blythe, chouck, dmose, dp, ebina, hagan, jeff, jg, jsw, jwz, karlton, kipp, mlm, montulli, mtoy, paquin, robm, sharoni, terry, and timm.
Here is one of my used-to-be favorites, it went away briefly, but has returned with a great October issue. Check this one out regularly for the background on the NET and what its all about! This is a weekly publication, out on Thursday, they will send you email on every new issue if you register.
That barely begins to describe this site, its not a single dictionary, its a series of dictionaries in practically every single language, and specific ones line a dictionary of legal terms and medical terms. Wow. For Dick Harmon and I, we have an awesome resource! And I am sharing it with you now...
You have all used (or should use) Yahoo, its the best of the best in search engines, giving you great ways to find things. And if its not in Yahoo, they even drop you into AltaVista to find it for you, can't beat that! What you might not know, they have lots of other features there, and I just grabbed a few to show what you might be missing....
WEATHER from Yahoo, check this link!
BUSINESS NEWS from Yahoo, very complete, and all in one place
YELLOW PAGES from Yahoo, for the entire US (new Oct 2) check this link!
If you want just the first page of the YP, its here....
MY YAHOO, or actually Your Personal Yahoo, check this out!
IMAGE SURF at Yahoo! Thats right, search for images using thumbnails. Not very complete, but different!
AND not exactly Yahoo, but it used to be, a link to Mapblast, from Vicinity that used to be maps.yahoo.com (it still works, try it)
http://www.vicinity.com/cgi-bin/freemap?T=mapblast&C=-121.623625%2C39.124019 %2C20000%2C0%2C0&H=250&W=425&Usertext=229+Clark+Ave+%2F+Yuba+City%2C+CA+9599 1&L=3&I=Smallcross&I=SYIX.COM%21&I=-121.623625%2C39.124019
Once again, thanks for reading my little newsletter, I hope that you have enjoyed it, and hope that it finds you well and happy. If for any reason you should have a question or comment about SYIX or this newsletter, remember my email address! firstname.lastname@example.org or if you are REAL lazy, just send it to dave and I will get it.
(oh yeah, the lines to make Oroville part of our local dialing area were ordered today, for install within the week. Unless something else goes wrong....) Dave Overton Sutter Yuba Internet http://www.syix.com/ Voice 916-751-8873 Fax 916-751-8871 The Internet Provider Serving Yuba/Sutter/Butte/Colusa Counties, California
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Copyright © 1996 by David E. Overton - email@example.com.
Last Revised: February 05, 2004.