Recover your bandwidth from Windows XP

A handy tutorial from the Google Community:

Windows XP uses 20 percent of your bandwidth for its own purpose (searching for updates and interrogating your machine, etc).

Here’s how to get it back:

Click Start–> Run–> type “gpedit.msc” without the quotation marks.

This opens the group policy editor.

Then go to:

Local Computer Policy–> Computer Configuration–> Administrative Templates–> Network–> QOS Packet Scheduler–> Limit Reservable Bandwidth

Double click on Limit Reservable bandwidth. It will say it is not configured, but the truth is under the ‘Explain’ tab :

“By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 20 percent of the bandwidth of a connection, but you can use this setting to override the default.”

So the trick is to ENABLE reservable bandwidth, then set it to ZERO. This will allow the system to reserve nothing, rather than the default 20 percent.

This works on XP Pro and 2000.

Google skips Memorial Day Art

Google has special logos to celebrate Arthur Conan Doyle’s Birthday, Mother’s Day, and Persian New Year…but not Memorial Day? They also don’t have one for Veterans Day, Flag Day, or Armed Forces Day. But, thankfully, they do have one for the Chinese New Year:

Google’s habit of celebrating holidays like New Year’s, Halloween, Christmas and Thanksgiving by altering its logo to match the season’s theme has been extended in the past to honor the birthdays of famous inventors, scientists, artists and musicians, as well as Earth Day and the Persian New Year, but on the day Americans honor those who died serving their country, it’s business as usual at the Internet-search giant.


Google and Dell team up to provide software on new PCs

Google and Dell Computer have partnered an agreement to pre-load Google bloatware on new Dell PCs:

Dell will factory-install the Google desktop, toolbar, search engine and homepage on desktops and notebooks shipping to consumers and small and medium-size businesses worldwide, said Dell spokesman Jess Blackburn.

It will also be installed on certain enterprise systems, unless the buyer specifies its own corporate software tools. Dell will begin shipping the new configuration by the end of May.

Steve Ballmer Windows 1.0 commercial