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Figure out Your Upload and Download Internet Connection Speed CodeUnit 18 FEB 2010

How to figure out just how fast your current Internet connection really is. Well a great way of determining this is by making use of the fantastic online web service speedtest.net, brought to us by Ookla, which aims to measure three important keys which determine the overall quality and performance of your Internet connection.

The first measurement speedtest.net takes a look at is your physical download speed, measuring just how fast data is sent from the Internet to your computer. Next comes upload speed which is simply the measurement of the speed at which data is sent from your computer up to the Internet. Lastly, ping or latency if you will, tells us how long in milliseconds it takes for a small piece of data to be sent from your computer to the Internet and back.

Launching the test from the website is as easy as clicking on the big Begin Test button and pretty soon the slick flash-driven interface will be running its tests against a selectable host server, reporting back in realtime and at the end of the short run, present to you a downloadable results image with your measurements across the three key areas.

Speedtest.net also maintains a nice history feature for your particular IP address as well as an interesting world map that compares the results across the globe.

Needless to say, Africa doesn’t perform particularly well on this one! :/

Related Link: http://www.speedtest.net/

Create an Animated GIF from Multiple Images CodeUnit 08 FEB 2010

Picasion is a great online free to use tool, that allows you to instantly generate animated gif files by simply uploading the pictures you want to appear in the resulting animation up to the site. There are a few options you can set to tweak the output (like animation speed and output dimensions for example), but for the most part creating your own animated gif file is as easy as clicking on the upload image button and then pressing the generate key.

In terms of feeding it source images with which to create the animated gif, naturally you can simply upload images directly from your harddrive, though Picasion makes a great little extension on this by also giving you the option to push images directly into it from either your Picasa Web or Flickr accounts.

Outside of the garish littering of adverts all over the site, Picasion really is a nifty little find and will have you spitting out animated gifs faster than what you can blink and quicker than what you would have imagined – all without the help of an expensive graphics software package! :)

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Related Link: http://picasion.com/