When's the last time you tried browsing on 56k? Or Windows ME? Millions of people still surf like this, and it's no fun at all.
About five percent of adults still use dialup, AOL or otherwise. Let’s assume that rounds out to about 10 million people. That's a lot! That's a whole 56k Belgium. Or narrow-band New York City.
Dial-up is still cheaper that broadband, but not by much. The reasons for living with 56k run like this: You don't want to, or can't, pay for broadband; you live in a rural area without broadband; or, most commonly, you have never even heard of "broadband."
So I decided to see what life is like in internet hell, running at 56k speeds, in Internet Explorer 6, on Windows ME, at a resolution of 1024 x 768. (For reference, that's about 25 percent more space than an iPhone screen.)
First, let's get a little mood going. Remember this sound?
Ahhhhh. Here we go:
BuzzFeed: This here site took just under three minutes to load the main page; it was almost four minutes before all the ads loaded. It rendered pretty well except for a bunch of ugly boxes around the images at the top of the page.