Post by Mike Spencer
Why do I want NN 4.76? It allows me easily to turn off js and images,
doesn't support autoloading of files in <LINK... tags, doesn't support
CSS and several other things that cause me annoyance.
I suspect you're sorry you asked. :-)
Well, I'm the one who asked, and no, not sorry. :)
My next question is.... what's the need to turn all that stuff off? Is it
a speed thing?
Speed is the main factor. Say a news or opinion site  or opinion
site will have 20 or items headlined. Each item is accompanied by a
stock photo. Do I need to see yet another photo of the Bdelygma in
Chief? Of crowds and spokespersons? Just to look at a list of
And there's the ads. I normally never see ads, well, except for the
labeled text items returned by a Google search. And some of those ads
refresh every few seconds with more megabytes of image. So yes, speed
over dialup is the big one.
Running neck and neck is ads. When I take the laptop out to the
modern world and look at the web, I'm always a little shocked at all
the ad-crap cluttering the screen. Of course, there it d/l's real
quick but it's still annoying and distracting.
And then there's tracking. Not that there's much of anything anyone
(short, perhaps, of personally targeting me out of spite) could learn
by tracking my web usage that would benefit them or hurt me. So some
one knows I've Googled "paroxysmal presbysternismus". They're not
going to screw up my Canadian medical coverage with that knowledge or
sell me nose drops. It just irritates me.
Pages have gotten cumbersome and slower than before, is
And you have to *look* at it. FF has View->Page Style->No Style that
makes it a little less aggressive but only a little. And on dialup,
the difference between the base page and all the LINK files, images
and IFRAMES is from 100% up to an order of magnitude slower.
I can (sort of) see that, but with decent (not the best) hardware,
and a good internet connection, things aren't so bad. Would seem to
be better than missing content on major/most sites, at least to me.
Yeah, Real Soon Now I'm going to have to do something about speed,
probably one of those widgets (I forget the tech terminology) that does
data over a cell connection. I could get rural wireless that's pretty
fast but the I'd have techs on the roof dicking with the antenna or
running overhead cables from the higher studio roof. And upgrade to
Slack 14.2. I've already spent a few hours looking up what relevant
entries in About:config mean and disabled a lot of stuff on the 14.2
laptop but it only partially does the job.
Have yet to fetch add-ons/plug-ins that disable ads, js etc. because
NN 4.76 does it for me.
Am I correct here, or is there some other reason to use the old stuff?
I would read several other sites with broadband and a new
system/browser -- NYT, WaPo, xkcd. There are a few videos -- about
blacksmithing, old movies, this & that -- on U-Tube I'd fetch. And if
I really want something I *can* drive to the village store or 12
mi. into town and do it at the library. There's some good stuff on TV
but I've gotten along without it for, what?...40 years. The downside
of TV justifies the decision to get along without it. I can get along
without the NYT.
Social media? Face book? Nah. Now a friend was getting the
run-around from a major auto mfgr about major warrantee. His wife
located the responsible person on Facebook and posted the details on
his personal page (wall?). Corporate compliance was hastily
forthcoming. So I see possibilities -- never say never -- but I don't
need it now, don't want what they have to offer, so I don't need the
computational gumpties to do megabytes of js and all that's involved.
 I forget which are the most egregious offender because I normally
don't see the images.
Mike Spencer Nova Scotia, Canada
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