What is my Internet Speed?

In layman’s terms, the Internet speed of your Internet connection is nothing but the number of ‘bits’ transferred to your computer in a second. A bit is a measure of digital information – in fact the smallest measure.

Then there’s Kilo bits (Kb) and Mega bits (Mb). One Kilo bit is equivalent to 1024 bits and one Mega bit is 1024 Kilo bits.

Once again…

1Kb = 1024 bits and 1Mb = 1024 Kb (or 1024 x 1024 bits = 1048576 bits)

The Internet speed

Now, when someone says that he has an Internet speed of 1Mbps, it just means that his Internet connection can transfer 1048576 bits to his computer at best. That is the best case. Sometimes the actual speed can be much lesser based on the Internet traffic parameters and technical problems.

Bit v/s Byte

Byte is probably a more common term that you use on a daily basis. A Byte (B in capital) is equivalent to 8 bits (b in small letter).

This is what you normally see on your File Explorer when you browse file’s properties. The bigger measures of file or data size are KB (KB in Capital = Kilobytes) and MB (Megabytes).

Now, coming back to your Internet speed topic – I just mentioned that 1Mbps connection means something that can transfer up to 1024 Kilo bits of information per second. This, in BYTE terms, would just mean 1024 / 8 Kilo Bytes of data being transferred to your PC every second. That means 128 Kilo Bytes (KB per second). So if you are downloading a 128KB image from the Internet using a 1Mbps connection, it may take just one second!

Using the same connection, a 5MB MP3 music file will take 40 seconds.

How to Test your Internet Speed?

Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) might have provided you an Internet Speed Meter or speed testing application for your use. If not, you may use the following online Internet speed testers to actually test verify your Internet Connection speed:

  1. Speedtest.net
  2. Speakeasy Speed test

If you don’t want to use the online speed tester applications, you may download one of the free Internet speed testing applications from here.

I hope that the Internet speed matter is much clearer for you now. Have fun net surfing!

How to Cite a Website?

What exactly is Website citation and How to Cite a Website?

Whenever you use information from other websites on your own site, blog or publications, you have to give credit to the original author and website. Giving credit where it belongs can arrest plagiarism, get you clean image and save you from potential legal proceedings.

You may use the following simple steps to cite a website:

Explanation on How to Cite a Website

  1. Author: Find out the author’s name from the website. This can be found out from the article header, the about page or using the contact page of the website. If you do not get the actual author, you may want to use the site owners name. The name should be used in Last name, First name initial format (e.g Clinton, B)
  2. Year of publication: This is usually found below the article title on most websites or somewhere within the news body on news sites. For citing, you have to enclose the year of publication in parentheses and placed immediately after the author’s name
  3. Article title: Use of the news or article title with its first letter capitalized and it should end with a period. This information will follow the year of publication
  4. Date of accessing the information: Precede the date with the word “Retrieved” and succeed it with “from” (e.g Retrieved, December 23, 2010 from)
  5. Website name and URL: Get the website name as appeared on your web browser while browsing that site and the URL from the address box of the browser while browsing the article being cited. You may now complete the citation by including these information as the last part with the words “web site” following the website name

The completed website citation would look like the following example if you were to cite this particular website and the article that you are reading right now.

Lewis, B (2010) How to cite a website. Retrieved, December 23, 2010 from Daily Tips for Your Life web site http://dailytipsblog.com/how-to-cite-a-website.html

The above citation would work for printed material as well. When you are using online citation, you may shorten it further by actually linking the URL within the citation content.

What you just read is an example of APA style citation.

Now do yo still wonder how to cite a website?