View Full Version : Xcelerator or Slipstream? Know anything about it?

07-07-2003, 11:31 PM
Howdy folks,
Slingshot and Quicksilver are offering new services for dialups called Xcelerator and Slipstream accordingly. Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with these, or an opinion on wether it would be value for money.

Going by there advertising blurbs, for $8 and $10 a month respectively, (ontop of your normal Isp charges) you download some software and Bingo. Now you can surf at three times the speed you were doing it before aided by compression etc

Supposedly, someone in Canada spent three years perfecting this software. Sounds good, but is it possible, and is it worth the money.

I currently get speeds of 52 Kbps.

Thanks for any info, thoughts and suggestions.


07-07-2003, 11:47 PM
If its the same thing I read about a while ago its a rip off.

It speeds up the connection by doing two things:

1) It compresses the data before sending it to you. Which is a waste of time because the data is getting compressed anyway by both you modem at a low level and by the ppp connection at a higher level. This doesn't leave much room for any additional compression.

2) It reduces the quality of images. This will make things faster as the cost of images loosing detail. It would be hard to say how much affect this would have without using it, but since most sites already make the images as small as possible again I think its a waste of time.

08-07-2003, 12:22 AM
I have included some links for further reading:

Here (http://www.slingshot.co.nz/Services/xcelerator.asp)

and here (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3509553&thesection=technology&thesubsection=general&thesecondsubsection)

and here (http://www.quicksilver.co.nz/qsipress.htm)

Sounds like something similar to what your talking about bmason.