Not to say that you were doing anything wrong, but you seem to have had Yahoo! Messenger open, Windows Updates prompting for action (which it would do every so many minutes), Yahoo! Pool open (online game I suppose, possibly with other players with whom you may be chatting), a browser open to Quiksilver56's KOBEREKS DEF 8 Tournament (which displays changing advertisements, has a time indicator changing with each second, and has a chat room), an e-mail program (probably Yahoo! Mail applet) that is checking for messages and alerting you that you have a new message), Yahoo! Chat or some similar program open (one Yahoo! applet in system tray to left of prompt for Java update, one next to Windows Messenger applet icon), and who knows what else as some icons in the system tray are hidden. Also, McAfee security suite could have been downloading updates, scanning files, etc. So, even though the ping may have stayed low as you indicated, it wasn't an optimal environment that you were playing TE2009 in. However, his comments were rude and unjustified.