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Type of Program: Internet Utility
Supported Platforms: Win 95
Author/Company Name: Michael Krelin/Klever Group, Inc.
Version: 2.5
Price: Freeware
Installed Size: 187 K


What do you do when, to download a file, you face a great number of sites and have to choose the fastest? Usually, one makes such choice thinking about the local time, the distance from own country, the amount of traffic toward that specific site, and so on. Now, use Dipstick. This program, small, freeware and excellent (the essence of shareware programming, but I should be also happy to pay for programs like this), is able to time every site you give it, and to tell you which is faster for downloading. All you have to do is to drag and drop as many as URLs you want into the Dipstick's window, and wait for it to ping every address. In few time Dipstick will compute the minimum, average, and maximum Round Trip Time (the less, the better), and the rate of the requests gone lost in the cyberspace (same as above). Eventually, the results will be displayed in another window, where you will be able to organize them in crescent order by means a simple mouse click. Moreover, if you want, Dipstick will give you the name of the fastest URL, based upon the average Round Trip Time. The program offers you many options, ranging from the number of echoes to send to their length, for example, and many others. What can I say more? Nothing but that Dipstick is really great.

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Reviewed by Davide Di Lazzaro

Whom to Contact: Mike Krelin email; Klever Group, Inc homepage: email:

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