Remember all those "web accelerators" from the days of dial-up internet which basically acted like a filter and/or cached more to appear as if you were doing things faster on the web? Maybe you do.

Google had their own version of it called the Google Web Accelerator and have officially killed it.

Yes, I did try one several accelerator-style products during the old days of dial-up, and they were all terrible. Most of them slowed down your computer to a crawl which actually made your browsing slower.

In the modern day of broadband there is no need for accelerators anymore. And if you’re using dial-up I still wouldn’t use one.

The way to browse faster today is the same way you browsed faster back then:

  • Try not to use plugins or add-ons in your browser. Keep it minimal or alternatively don’t use any.
  • Use an email client instead of web-based mail and download "headers only" for each mail received.
  • Use alternative lightweight instant messengers that don’t load ads.
  • Avoid sites that make extensive use of Flash.
  • Use RSS to get content for web sites.
  • Use things on the internet that require minimalist bandwidth (like IRC).

If you have "slow broadband", what do you do to save bandwidth?

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