One step forward and two step backwards with respect to upgrades.
I updated the rsync server with the security fixes of 18.104.22.168 and I noticed the rsync server is exchanging (over 2 minutes):
2008/03/30 13:48:28  sent 11953590 bytes received 65648 bytes total size 21627786
Ummm 12 MEGABYTES rsync upgrade from 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199!!?? WTF! The Debian package is:
How the hell did this happen? I did some basic testing before rolling out this new system, though I didn't pay close attention to sizes of data transferred. I put too much trust in rsync. Sorry about this folks.
Ok I noticed I missed the compress flag '-z' which can half the transfer. The maddening thing is that I need to regenerate all maxi and mini images. An effort which can take many hours for just two missing characters.
Update: Just thought of something else I should try WRT upgrading Firefox.