Thursday, May 05, 2005

Google's Web Accelerator in open beta

OK, it's only open in beta for North America and Europe, but at least the rest of the globe will benefit from our experience! Google Web Accelerator is a FREE download that is designed to further speed up broadband connections. Since these are the folks that help me search the entire web in mere milleseconds, I'm game to give this a try.

Here's a quick summary (from Google) of how it speeds up your surfing:

  • Sending your page requests through Google machines dedicated to handling Google Web Accelerator traffic.
  • Storing copies of frequently looked at pages to make them quickly accessible.
  • Downloading only the updates if a web page has changed slightly since you last viewed it.
  • Prefetching certain pages onto your computer in advance.
  • Managing your Internet connection to reduce delays.
  • Compressing data before sending it to your computer.

  • Here's the really nice part; Web Accelerator provides a nifty little indicator to show how much time it has saved you:
    Time saved by Google Web Accelerator

    This beta requires Win2000 SP3 or WinXP and will support Internet Explorer 5.5 (or better) and Firefox 1.0 (or better). How much time can you save?

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