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Experiment #2:  Details

Accomplish:

Using 3 different Internet connections, we will determine the optimal size for a web page.  We will be looking at 3 different web pages.

 

Environment:

56-k modem: 

We will be looking at the web sites through AOL dial-up connection in East Peoria.  The computer has an Intel Celeron Processor, 63 MB Ram, Windows 98 Operating System, and Internet Explorer 6.0.

 

Cable:

We will be looking at the web sites through a house located on Main Street across from Bradley University.  The cable provider is Insight Communication.  The computer has a 3D Processor, 64 MB Ram, Windows 98 Operating System, and Internet Explorer 6.0.

 

Ethernet:

We will be looking at the web sites from the BCS Lab’s at Bradley University.  The computer has a Pentium II Processor, 130.596 KB Ram, Windows 2000 Operating System, and Internet Explorer 4.0.  The Ethernet link is 3 Com Ethernet Link XL 10/100 PCINIC (3C905-TX).

 

Chosen Sites:

http://west.bradley.edu/chuck:

This site is 17,723 bytes and contains pictures, sound, colored background, and a scrolling applet. 

http://computerchicks.tripod.com/computerchicks/Michelle/ResearchPaper.htm:

This site is 31,526 bytes and contains text and a banner ad.

http://www.forallthedrifters.com/intro.html:

This site is 711 bytes and contains sounds, flash, and graphics. 

 

Willingness to Wait:

We made a survey to find out the average willing to wait factor for people. 

Survey:

How do you connect to the Internet:

A.     Phone Line

B.     Cable

C.     DSL

D.     Bradley Connection (Ethernet)

E.      Other   ___________________

 

Why do you go on-line: (can circle more than 1)

A.     E-mail

B.     News

C.     Grades

D.     Banking

E.      Chat

F.      Research

G.     Other  ________________

 

How long are you willing to wait for an unimportant cite:

A.     30 seconds or less

B.     31 seconds to 60 seconds

C.     61 seconds to 90 seconds

D.     91 seconds to 120 seconds

E.      Above 2 minutes – 5 minutes

F.      As long as it takes

 

How long are you willing to wait for an important cite:

A.  30 seconds or less

B.   31 seconds to 60 seconds

C.  61 seconds to 90 seconds

D.      91 seconds to 120 seconds

E.      Above 2 minutes – 5 minutes

F.      As long as it takes