[kwlug-disc] DuckDuckGo.com -- an alternate search engine

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 3 09:35:06 EDT 2010


--- On Tue, 8/3/10, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
> "... I really hate the present AJAXification of the entire web - it's no 
longer possible> to fully surf websites on a 400MHz machine like the XO-1
 without having to turn> off Javascript and Flash.
I concur with the sentiment but my beef is even greater.
AJAX, when used properly can reduce the amount of traffic, make applications more usable over slow connections and in computers with limited resources.
Somehow MS turned AJAX into "let's throw the kitchen sink into our downloadable javascript" and bad developers decided to jump in.
Most of the time it is not the technology that's bad but the implementation by lazy (or ignorant) developers.
So, turning off Java seems to be the only option.
I would add that most of the unnecessary java/flash comes from ads, so using ad-block is another way of reducing the resource utilization while browsing.
Raul Suarez



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--- On Tue, 8/3/10, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:

From: Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com>
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] DuckDuckGo.com -- an alternate search engine
To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Received: Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 12:03 AM

Random quote from a random comment from a random person:

"... I really hate the present AJAXification of the entire web - it's no 
longer possible 
to fully surf websites on a 400MHz machine like the XO-1
 without having to turn 
off Javascript and Flash 
 


Javascript programmers are doing the very same thing that gave Flash a bad name years ago: Bloat."

http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1739838&cid=33108256


Add to that the reasons I listed earlier in the thread:
It can slow down things significantly, because code is being 
executed browser side.  Some code parses the entire DOM of the HTML 
document and do things with it. Some code polls remote servers 
constantly for information, ...etc.

It can be a vector for security attacks (Cross Site Scripting).It can be a hindrance to accessibility.It can be an obstacle to content getting properly indexed in search engines.And the Firefox NoScript extension is staying enabled on my laptop ...

-- 
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
http://2bits.com
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. --  Edsger W.Dijkstra

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci


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