Donna, listening on a dial-up is real dedication! Yes, if you want to do much of anything else with the line, it's a good idea to close down the streaming media.<P>MMD, the processor speed shouldn't have much of an effect on web browsing, unless it's REALLY slow! If you have 100MHz or so, even a T1 line feed won't be slowed down by the processor speed. My experience has been that a lot of people sharing a comm link (maybe a proxy server, router, and/or hub) means you could get a reduction in bandwidth, but almost never does processor speed have a noticeable effect on how fast web pages load. If you have several other things happening (playing a 3D game, for example) that can use up a lot of the processing power and slow things down (I get a glitch in the beethoven stream when I open some programs and the processor usage is 100%) but that should be a pretty rare occurrence.
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