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Scripting and How No-one Cares about those with slow internet

Discussion in 'Networking and online stuff' started by Alex H, 3 May 2015.

  1. Alex H

    Alex H Senior Geek

    Location:
    Central France
    Yes, I know - I chose to live here, therefore I have to put up with the really slow broadband speeds. :)

    A while ago the BBC changed their normally pleasant to look at news website, into the 'I need sunglasses just to look at it', video heavy, dumbed-down pile of rubbish that it is now. For my source of news in English I had to look elsewhere, so picked a couple of broadsheet newspapers, the Independent first then adding the Telegraph later.

    All was well for a couple of days with the Independent, but then the pages would not scroll properly and it became unusable. then a box popped up on the screen saying a script had stopped working and did I want it to continue.

    So knowing nothing about these scripts, I had a little search. I found a utility called NoScript. This promised to show me what was running on the page and stop it if I choose (actually it's the other way round - it blocks them all, then lets you choose which to run)

    The Independent in normal mode has 22 :eek: scripts running. I'm running it with 2 at the moment and you can imagine the difference. (The Telegraph has 11)

    So now you'll know where to look if like me, you have 2mb :ohmy: broadband.
     
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  2. drummerbod

    drummerbod Active Geek

    Location:
    Southampton - UK
    Nice find.

    You should also try a modified host file - stops all sorts of nasties and advertising from loading into your webpage...

    http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
     
  3. drummerbod

    drummerbod Active Geek

    Location:
    Southampton - UK
    Loving the NoScript firefox plugin. Pages load near on instantly now and I'm lucky enough to have a BT Infinity 40/10. Just goes to show it's not so much the speed but how much crap they now load into web pages.
     
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  4. Alex H

    Alex H Senior Geek

    Location:
    Central France
    I do remember there used to be a 'low bandwidth' option on a lot of sites, but that's all gone now because everyone has really fast broadband don't they? :scratchhead:
     
  5. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    Location:
    UK
    Use the mobile sites :wink:

    noscript is great though, been using it for years. Good security protection too.
     
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  6. EddyP

    EddyP Well-Known Geek

    I have noticed that many sites have been changing and generally making them unfit for purpose if you have either; a slow internet connection or a tablet that can't handle so much activity. Generally, as amusicsite said, they seem to be tilting more toward mobile capabilities. And there I was laughing at my friends' pseudo-tablet phone..
     
  7. Shaun

    Shaun Über Geek

    Interesting - I've had similar experiences and just written it off as the sites being overly assertive with their java / ads / tracking - although the impact is somewhat mitigated with a fibre connection and fast machines with bags of RAM, fast CPUs and SSDs.

    I installed it out of interest - assuming this is the one? https://noscript.net/ - and on this page it blocks the .co.uk version of the domain (which I use for serving images and java in parallel with the .com domain so that pages load faster), Google analytics (which I use to see visitor numbers / trends), and Skimresources (which is the outgoing affiliate link checker).

    You could probably combine it with an ad-blocker to make things even easier still ... :okay:

    Edit: I remember spending hours compressing images on customer's websites to shave off a few kb here and there to make them as fast as possible; I don't suppose that even crosses the minds of today's developers. :eldergeek:
     
  8. The image of blood cells on THIS PAGE always annoys me. It is such a simple image, but they have stuck up a PNG file which is 331 kB in size for no good reason. I only visit the site a couple of times a month to check for the latest news on my illness so the image is always out of my cache and I have to watch it reloading every time.
     
  9. Alex H

    Alex H Senior Geek

    Location:
    Central France
    That's exactly what I do (Sorry @Shaun :))
     
  10. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    Location:
    UK
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  11. Alex H

    Alex H Senior Geek

    Location:
    Central France
  12. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    Location:
    UK
    check the add-ons there is bound to be one that's right for the job.
     
  13. Alex H

    Alex H Senior Geek

    Location:
    Central France
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  14. Alex H

    Alex H Senior Geek

    Location:
    Central France
    Firefox has come to the rescue with Reader View :bravo:

    Before

    Screenshot from 2015-07-10 08:58:06.png

    After

    Screenshot from 2015-07-10 08:58:21.png

    Not all websites have it displayed though :(