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amanda starts with ...
Hi All, I have had to revert to dial up lately and found that many of the 'big' topics take an extrodinarily long time to download (eg Veggie Garden) Is anyone else having this problem?

I am also wondering how much info (Mega Bytes?) is in them and how much it might cost?
We are normally on satellite broadband and have to pay for UP and DOWN loads.

Does anone else think that these topics could maybe be archived after 100 posts (eg) and retrieved on request?
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26th May 2010 9:32am
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John Mc says...
Dam, I had this huge spool typed out for you but just lost it all.
Anyway, you can test your speed from your end by going here
http://www.ozspeedtest.com/
They also test dial up speeds.
I think it's more in the amount of thumbnail pics that is slowing you down because everyone of them is at least 2Kilobytes each. That's a lot when you're talking dialup on a good day. Texting is only one byte per letter or one Kilobyte per page or one megabyte per thousand pages. It only takes less than 5 thumbnail pics to make up one megabyte of data for that poor slow old connection.
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Rhys says...
As much as i love this forum and the fantastic info on it as well as the friendly people, the set-up of the forum leaves a bit to be desired when compared to other forums.

The long post issue you raise Amanda is only one of them... a lot of other forums set each post/topic up such that when it gets too long, it starts a new page, and you only look at one page at a time, so if you are familiar with the topic thread, then you can just click on the last page and only load the most recent posts.
Now i say this having no idea whatsoever about running a webpage or forum, so i have no idea how hard/costly/time consuming it would be to improve the structure of the forum, and in the end, Daley's is a nursery/horticultural business and not an IT business, so i would hate to see the nursery side of things suffer because they were having to spend more time/money/effort on the forum, but potentially, improving the forum could lead to more online sales?

I hope you sort out your satellite connection soon amanda...i have definitely become dependent on the internet (for better or worse), and a slow connection drives me insane!!

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26th May 2010 12:37pm
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snottiegobble says...
I would be happy if the archived topics shown(in green) at the bottom of the general forum section could be listed in alphabetical order. It takes ages & a good eye sometimes to find a certain topic.
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26th May 2010 6:30pm
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Julie says...
I agree with all of the above comments. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate this forum, just that it could do with a few improvements.

My suggestion: when you post a message, can the page return to the BOTTOM, not the top, where you have to scroll through all over again. Bit frustrating if there a lot of posts.
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Brad says...
On a keyboard hit ctrl and end and it will jump to the bottom - beats scrolling

can't do that on my mobile device though
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amanda says...
Great tip Brad - thank u! John Mc - I copy" my post b4 submitting....I have lost a few too! Maybe we could check this stuff with Correy? Or - we could start "Veggie Garden Part 2" ourselves? (for example)

I think the forum is great also - I have learnt so much that I would never have found in any book that's for sure!

Funny/ironic thing Rhys - but my satellite connection is often cactus cos' of the weather over your way!? The satellite "Gateway" is over there somewhere. Amazing - our signal goes over east n comes back again!? Can u sort your weather out please? :-)))
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Rhys says...
Then i'm not surprised your connection is cactus at the moment amanda...pretty much nothing but rain for the last week or so, and some pretty heavy falls at that!
I can see a small patch of blue sky out the window now so maybe give it another try!
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snottiegobble says...
Hey Amanda, my wheelbarrow is half full just from last nights rain so Rhys we get some wet stuff too!
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Charles cant spell says...
I think mine is full now !!! Awsone rainfall hope my wicking beds can cope. Will be a good test to see if I have to use shadecloth on the sides or the in ground beds are ok.
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27th May 2010 1:30pm
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amanda says...
Ok - rub it in some more guys!! only 13mm here :-((((
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