From one of my topic you can tell that I think the preloader is just waisting some time to get some stuff loaded but has actually no functionality.
Last year I developped a site for north africa and hat the need to test on low bandwith. I found the tool http://www.netlimiter.com/ that lets you limit the bandwith per application. This is actually a recomandation for everyone in webdesign who wants to test what loadtimes feel like with dial-up.
When I limit my IE to 8kb/s (ISDN Speed) the loadbar will spend the same time from 0 to 100. But the rest later loads very very slow.
This is why I really think (and this is sad) that the preloader has no functunallity at all.
So if you ever want to go back to 33'000 have a look at http://www.netlimiter.com/.
As for EP. I hope they read this post and can tell me what I am doing wrong, or put a TW 2.1 out there very soon without "EP Help" but with a preloader that does something.
Then I am a customer again. But not before. Sorry
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