There should be an image here!Gnomie Patrick Connors writes:

Oftentimes, many of us find ourselves using outdated technology. We may be on the go, or limited to dial-up. We may have an older computer. For any reason, these tips should help even with the newest of technology.

  1. Use a fast Web browser. I may be a Microsoft fanboy, but when connections are slow, I’ll have to use another browser. I would recommend Opera because of its “Opera Turbo” mode, which compresses Web sites to allow them to load up to 80% faster.
  2. Clear out your registry and junk files. Make sure you constantly delete anything you no longer need. However, there are hidden files that you may not find on your own. For these reasons, I would recommend CCleaner for Windows users.
  3. Max out your RAM. if you have a computer with less than 256MB of RAM, some newer sites and software may not work properly. (128MB for Win9x users)
  4. Windows 2000. I know some people would say this is an ancient OS, but it works. It’s fast, stable, and just gets the job done. Windows 2000 is even faster than XP, but I wouldn’t say it’s as compliant as XP; you can certainly run much more software on XP.
  5. If you find yourself on dial-up, use this code to (in theory) increase speed: AT&FX — this should increase your maximum speed to 115.5 KbPS (kiloBITS) and maybe more. You can input this code under the advanced options in your modem’s information.

[Photo above by eurleif / CC BY-ND 2.0]