I'm on DSL -- I right-clicked on the first and then the second link to start them opening in new tabs so I could compare. The first one started faster, but the second one caught up and passed it and was downloaded in about 8 seconds. I gave the first one a minute and it hadn't fully loaded, although it was loaded enough for me to read most of the content.
to be more precise: as I read back about the blazingly fast, I must say a few things.
1st - I'm on a 640kbps connection, so probably the 2nd one could load even faster than I feel.
2nd - It seemed to me that while the first gets shortly in contact with the browser in about 1 second and then needs 20 seconds to download everything, the second one needs some more seconds to contact (about 5 as I timed), and in 10 seconds downloads the whole image.
Timings may not be accurate, and this stuff could be useless aswell... but since you asked, im sayin
The first link is going to aw8.net, which is registered under a very good and efficient registrar. DNS resolution speed is great.
The second link is going to a .hk domain, which is registered and administered locally by HKIRC located in Hong Kong. DNS resolution speed is not as great.
So I guess that's the difference ... and when aw8.net has switched to the new host, the contact speed issue should be gone.
Second one was much faster for me. That's the kind of speed I like! Incidentally, I wanted to mention another thing in my last post but forgot until I looked at these test pages. Since I'm a Web developer, I like to look at the source code of various pages just to see if I might learn something new or it may be just for fun. I noticed on your site, you have a script running that disables the right click menu. Did you do this to help prevent others from stealing your work? It's not the best way if it is. Plus, it's a bit annoying to anyone else who has tools they might use in their right click menu. Also, there are plenty of ways to get around it.
I don't mean to poke and prod. Just wanted to mention.
the first one took about 4-5 minutes to load, the second was instant, though, and i'm not claiming to know anything about websites, but if everything was already loaded from the first link, then wouldn't it make the second one go much faster?
hm.. I dunno what's the technical difference, but the first was really hard to load - say, I'd down +- 15 megs in the time that the first was loading.. slow slow terribly slow.. and the second - was completely down in 2 seconds. that big difference that I thought it just loaded back from history.. well not, even with cleared all cache it was 2 sec.