Jargons of Info Tech industry

John Bokma john at castleamber.com
Fri Aug 26 06:57:48 CEST 2005

Chris Head <chris2k01 at hotmail.com> wrote:

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> usenet at isbd.co.uk wrote:
> [snip]
>> ... and generally these "web based message boards" (i.e. forums I
>> assume you mean) have none of the useful tools that Usenet offers and
>> are much, much slower.
> [snip]
> Arrgh, I *emphatically* *hate* Web-based-(almost anything). Why, oh
> WHY, would we subject ourselves to Web-based message boards and
> Webmail services? When using a proper e-mail client, your bandwidth
> usage consists of downloading your e-mail. When using a Webmail
> service, your bandwidth usage consists of downloading the message,
> PLUS the entire user interface.

Not necessary when using (i)frames + cache

> Additionally, a user interface operating inside an HTML
> renderer can NEVER be as fast as a native-code user interface with
> only the e-mail message itself passed through the renderer.

Nowadays, more then futile.

> I mean, the way
> Webmail works, you're at the message list and click on a message to
> view. This causes a whole new page, user-interface and all, to be
> loaded. In comparison, that's like shutting down and re-opening your
> e-mail program for every single message you want to view!

This can be designed much better by using iframes, maybe even Ajax.

> Why can't we use the Web for what it was meant for: viewing hypertext
> pages? Why must we turn it into a wrapper around every application
> imaginable?

Because it works?

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