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Fri, 03 Jan 2014

SDF Dialup

I'm typing this over a dialup connection into SDF. I've had an SDF dialup account since I've joined, but seldom use it anymore. I do like to keep it around as a last-ditch internet access method, so I test it from time-to-time. It *has* come in useful before during extended power outages.

Our house still has copper phone lines from when it was built in the 80's, so I have a standard home phone line and this gets power from the CO. So we have working phone, aka internet even when the cable modem has long since died. The modem is a Rosewell RNX-56USB, one of the few remaining hardware-based modems still for sale. It is a nicely compact USB modem that works flawlessly with any Linux distro I've tried it with, as /dev/ttyACM0.

For my mostly shell-based work flow, I really don't notice much of a slowdown. Screen refresh in the color terminal is slow, but this is a one-time thing when I switch screen windows. Graphical browsing via dialup is, as expected fairly useless on today's internet, it gets bearable only if you turn off HTTP pipelining, DNS prefetching and javascript. Lynx works great for gopher and http, though, so I don't typically use Firefox. Mobile sites do tend to be more usable via dialup, however, so judicious use of the user-agent switcher plugin helps here.

posted at: 20:50 | path: / | permalink | Dialup, Internet, SDF, Shell

Wed, 15 Jul 2009

One More Nail in IE6's Coffin

So YouTube and some other sites are phasing out support for IE6 [0]. It's about frakking time. Developing web apps assuming IE6 support would be comical if it weren't so painful. No built-in PNG support? Are you kidding me? One very large company I contracted for still used IE6 as its standard corporate browser. Yup, that's right, in 2009. Die, IE6, die.

posted at: 09:24 | path: / | permalink | IE6, Internet, Microsoft

Sat, 09 May 2009

Where Did My Content Go?

I realize businesses need to make money and advertise, but why must I be bombarded with advertising 24x7? Tell me why I should pay good money to watch commercials on cable TV? Shouldn't I get commercial-free TV if I pay for it?

The Internet is even worse. With few exceptions, it's hard to find real information on the Internet today, now that it is buried amongst ads and embedded videos and bloated flash and web 2.0 nonsense. I don't want to see that crap. If you want to make money, put some *useful* content online, and make it accessible. People will donate, or buy your product, or use your services. For technical consultants, putting useful (free) technical content online is a great way to build a reputation and get referrals. And forget about text-mode browsing anymore. I often imagine blind computer users pulling their hair out when confronted with flash-only sites (flash-only navigation menus are a particularly evil invention).

Link/blog aggregator sites have gotten out of hand, too. I recently saw the title of an article I wanted to read in my RSS reader ("It's not the Gates, but the Bars" by Richard Stallman [0]). I clicked on the link which supposedly led to the article, but this led to a blog aggregator site with a helpful link to what it said was the "original story". I clicked on that link, which was a blog with comments on the original article. I clicked on another link, which finally led to the original article. I then clicked on the "print this story" link to actually read the content without it being surrounded by ads and moving pictures. Sheesh.

posted at: 02:45 | path: / | permalink | Gripes, Internet