The computer's old (3 years), the dial-up isn't fast. It's ok by me - I just look at a couple of forums at a time - instead of one after the other.
How much memory is in the ol PC, eBeth? I'll bet you'd see a huge improvement on the performance just by adding $50 worth of additional memory.
I still have this old 486 laptop that had only 8 mb of memory. I used to time it. It'd take exactly 12 minutes for the browser program to load and then the website of one of my message board sites to load. I tripled the amount of memory for $100 and got another two years of use out of that old jalopy.