Seven months to download a file at Screaming.net

Bizarre incident revealed in a reader's letter

The service at troubled ISP Screaming.net is so bad one Warwickshire-based user was told it would take 5554 hours --- 231 days -- to download a 2.1MB file from the Net. In a jaw-dropping letter to the net magazine this Screamer -- who is at his wits' end with the ISP -- told of his anguish with the service. "Since being connected [to Screaming.net] it has been nothing but one huge disappointment. I very rarely get connected first time -- my record so far is 282 attempts. "When I do, the server is so slow that when downloading a 2.1MB file it told me it would take 5554 hours, but I have found that if I get up at 04.30 on a Sunday morning it takes nine minutes. "As you can guess this really pleases me," he wrote. At least this Screamer still retains a sense of humour... ®

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