Google Web Accelerator (Beta)

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by NetRyder, May 5, 2005.

  1. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    http://webaccelerator.google.com/

    Just out today. Downloading it at the moment. Post your experiences. :)
     
  2. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    intresting. but this is the easyest way to track what people like on the net and also to see what they are doing too LOL
     
  3. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Yeah, I sensed a bit of a privacy issue, but I'm willing to at least give it a try. I'm not really expecting any significant speed differences though. ;)
     
  4. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    I am wondering if the larger your prefetch file gets, the slower the system gets?

    I'll give it a twirl on my d'top tomorrow I spose.
     
  5. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    I'll try it if it has an on off switch....otherwise, I'd advise against it
     
  6. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Not sure I want to see what Managing your Internet connection to reduce delays means.

    Besides, all pages for me now load in a blink of an eye.
     
  7. ZeroHour

    ZeroHour ho3 ho3 ho3

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    Hmm
    It dont seem to like me ISA server lol
     
  8. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    When you use Google Web Accelerator, Google servers receive and log your page requests. Page requests and data sent in encrypted form using an HTTPS connection will not go through Google. It is possible that some personally identifiable information could be sent to Google, if the information is sent without using an encrypted (HTTPS) connection.

    Taken from the Privacy Policy.
     
  9. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    Its all well and good panacing about this but every time you connect to a webserver a ton of personally identifiable information gets logged.

    Google will store no more than that.
     
  10. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    Try loading it then use it and then run Spybot - Search & Destroy. :D
     
  11. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    I have started using it. I haven't noticed any changes yet. I also don't like the icon in the system tray. I want to get rid of that.
     
  12. vern

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    I don't really notice any speed bump. It might be more useful with slow broadband services. It also has a problem with visited links especially evident in phpBB based forums. It seems that all connections go through a google proxy of some sort. I wonder why.
     
  13. NetRyder

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    Yeah, I've been using it since yesterday. Tried it on a slower wireless connection as well as the uber-high bandwidth connection on campus. Can't really notice much of a difference. Probably going to keep it around for another day or two and then uninstall it.
     
  14. napalmnthemorning

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    I have not read their TOS regarding web accelerator. If its like Marketscore and others they collect data regarding your surfing habits, browsing interests for products and goods and then they sell this information to 3rd party companies. Then you start seeing nice little pictures and advertisement showing up on your web pages of things your interested in.
     
  15. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Electronica Addict Political User Folding Team

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    I think this is more for dial-up users...
     
  16. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

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    But Google clearly says

    I don't think dial up users would be able to spare the bandwidth to prefetch pages anyway.
     
  17. Grandmaster

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    My mistake then...I didn't really read the information from Google, just based it on previous "Web Accelerators" I've encountered. :lick:
     
  18. Perris Calderon

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    it doesn't make tons of sense to me for a pre fetched page on a broadband connection.

    this is the same thing as the "check for new pages" option if you click never.

    then yo'll always get cache hits of every page you visit

    *wonders if the google version recognizes new content through the "last update" (javascript:alert(document.lastModified) script*
     
  19. NetRyder

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    Uh oh...some pretty significant privacy issues have already sprung up. :eek:

    http://google.weblogsinc.com/entry/1234000173042449/
    http://google.blognewschannel.com/i...05/much-controversy-over-googles-accelerator/

    I just uninstalled it earlier today. Wasn't noticing any difference with it enabled anyway. :s
     
  20. leedogg

    leedogg Gojyone kawaiiiiiiii!

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