Hijacking slightly here, but the specific DSL question seems fully answered.
Here’s a way to greatly “speed up” your SDMB experience. It doesn’t speed up the arrival of any page
but it does remove most of the time spent waiting. In effect you can read many more pages per hour.
This is the full “Dummies’ Guide”. Geeks can skim read it…
I lack the skill to explain it easily, but it’s much easier than it sounds.
Use 3 browser windows at the same time:
Keep one permanent window open, always displaying the Forum such as the list of General Questions
and use two ever-changing “reading windows”.
When you see an interesting thread DON’T left-click it. Right-click and choose “open in new window”.
When that first thread has opened, don’t read it yet. Go back to your permanent window1 and choose
your next thread, again right clicking to open it in a new, third window.
Immediately switch to window2 and read it while window3 is filling up.
When finished reading window2 don’t read window3 yet… close window2 and switch back to your
permanent window1 to choose your next thread for a new window2.
Immediately switch to window3 and read it while window2 is filling up.
And so on.
All this juggling can be confusing at first but you soon get used to it. It doesn’t matter if you
make mistakes. It soon gets so that when you finish reading a thread the next one is available already.
Just remember: before reading a thread that is ready, choose a subsequent thread for the other window.
By the way:
It’s unwise to download two threads at the same time. This would be unfair to other users if SDMB is
busy and it’s unnecessary. You only need to request the subsequent thread after the current one has
fully arrived - but before reading it all.
By the way:
I use Opera which has MDI (Multiple Document Interface, like having several documents open
in one instance of your wordprocessor) plus tabs for easy switching between the child windows
all of which I keep maximised.
However this method works just as well with three instances of IE5 or any other browser.
There are lots of ways of switching windows; experiment and find one you like.
If someone is able to write clearer Help stuff, would it be worth putting an edited version of this in ATMB ?