using Firefox and enabled "statistics for nerds". Connection speed is monitored continually and current resolution adopts accordingly within a few seconds until optimal resolution is reached. Your observations may differ.
That brings up another factor to consider. I suspect that whatever YT is doing, they're doing it server-side. jAlbum albums can't do that - they're all purely client-side.
instead of the mydog-large.jpg
file, it would then be too late to do anything about it later. You wouldn't want it repeatedly testing your connection speed and redrawing the page with different versions of the images until things settled down. Finally, connection speed is generally not linear, so that initial snapshot could be wildly wrong (in fact, almost certainly would