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My not-so-invisible enemy (07 Jul 2005)
At the heart of the problem is the tendency of Web developers to test on high-end workstations with Ethernet connections to unloaded test Web servers. This is unrealistic at best. Often, even developers making an effort to test with less powerful systems are still subject to the false consensus effect, tending to see broadband and powerful computers as much more common than they are. It's easy to think of a small machine as one with only a 1.8-GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and a 1024 x 768 true-color display (after all, those specs are all worse than the ones on a laptop I got two and a half years ago!) but the fact is that many users -- especially mobile ones -- are still working with far less.
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