[Chicago] [OT] Is it just me ...

Pete pfein at pobox.com
Wed Oct 10 06:31:56 CEST 2007

Y'all need a serious dose of WWW, circa 1998, courtesy of Links2: 

Super lightweight, images and some javascript support, but no CSS (a good 
thing, sometimes).

And no, I don't understand what's up with the author's obsession with accurate 
color reproduction.


On Tuesday October 9 2007 9:48:25 pm Warren Lindsey wrote:
> I recently experienced a similar issue but this was bandwidth related.
>  Being very far away from home and any available wifi or even cellular
> reception, I was forced to connect to the net using this ancient
> technology called "dialup"  After connecting at 56k or perhaps 33.6k
> and hearing the old scratchy handshake, I was on the net again.
> Loading www.google.com took over a minute.  Redirecting from
> google.com to www.google.com then my personalized google homepage with
> ajax widgets took quite a bit of time.
> Gmail and Google.com both have the options of plain html, but
> sometimes it can take a while just to get to a place that allows you
> to make that choice.
> It may be interesting to compare utilization across bandwidth
> providers before and after the wide adoption of ajax.
> -Warren
> On 10/9/07, skip at pobox.com <skip at pobox.com> wrote:
> > ... or is my poor old laptop having to work harder and harder to just
> > "surf the web"?  This AJAX technology has permeated everything.  On the
> > one hand, web sites can clearly be more interactive.  On the other hand,
> > the minimum system parameters necessary to simply browse the web seems to
> > have gone up a lot in the past six months or so.  I have an 800MHz
> > PowerBook G4 w/ 1GB of RAM, not state-of-the-art of course, but not a P3
> > either.  Just sitting there viewing Gmail (which has no stupid flashy ads
> > or other eye candy) seems to consume about half my CPU.  What's it doing
> > while it's just sitting there?
> >
> > Does this have any ramifications for OLPC with its rather modest CPU? 
> > What about computer recycling in general?  Browsing the web and reading
> > email (often through the web) seem to be the most common uses for home
> > computers. if I donate a compuetr to some organization what are the
> > chances it will actually be useful to someone?
> >
> > Skip
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