Dealing with slow net speed
I had to work few years in office with 1.5Mpbs line for 5 people, so literally every dozen of kbps was a big deal. Here is my list of tips to help it a little bit.
I don't pretend to write some genius piece of advice, but may be you simply did't know some of these tricks.
- If you still use
subversion, switch to
git. Actually, you should switch even if you don't have any netspeed-related problems, just do it.
- If you use
Slackor any other laggy messenger, switch to
Telegram, it's better in many ways.
- This one is pretty obvious: avoid online music services, just download mp3-s. If you want to listen music/netcasts from youtube (or other video hostings), you can use
youtube-dl -f bestaudio <LINK>to download only audio).
- Web-based mail clients take too much time just to open inbox, so switch to basic mail reader (icedove/mutt/etc).
- ssh supports compression, so you can run
scp -C ...or
ssh -C ..., also you can limit speed with
- Schedule system updates to the night time. If you never used
cron, you should really start using it, it's easy. Basicly, run
crontab -e, and some stuff gets pretty clear from given examples.
On Debian-base distro you can download updates without installation with following command
apt update && apt dist-upgrade -dy
- Schedule nightly repository updates. I use a number of "big" projects (Linux/qemu/Mesa), so simple fetching latest changes from repositories is a real pain.