I'm not having any problems with speed and Auctiva. What browser are you using? I find IE sucks. <smile> Opera and Mozilla are far superior.
For the sake of all concerned...speed was never a factor with SD. I'm cable modem and fly with both services.
The reason I'm pulling away and out is purely business based.
Could be that there are less pics/templates and more being hosted on SD as persons are pulling them out?
I'm happy that this is a very valid and working solution for me.
I never took the time to put in the host file entry...I shouldn't have to do handstands to view my own files.
Just my two cents,