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Subject: Re: UKNM: More webwashing
From: jim smith
Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 16:30:44 +0100

except that that's not the reason that banners slow sites down: most
content owners hand their banner handling off to a third party to manage
rotation etc, or at least store them on a server within their network
(virtual server maybe).

this means that for every bloody page you load your browser has to assault
the creaking dns system not once but twice in order to locate all the
files. image servers are a crime against http too (guardian are you

when your dns is as old and pointy as demon's this hurts.

a-and if you've embedded that banner within a tabler layout then some
browsers (like, the popular ones) won't even render the page til the banner

even worse some sites use auto-refresh to keep serving up
"entertaining/colourful" marketing candy. so, you go to a page, go offline
to read it, and then your bropwser repeatedly tries to open a connection
every time the meta-refresh comes around.

banners are great.

At 2:31 pm +0100 on 17/5/99 you said:
>but by carrying ads and earning �, sites can invest in bigger servers &
>pipes and
>be even faster!
>Paul Douglas wrote:
>> To increase download speeds?
>> >why would an ordinary user want to block ads anyway? they're often the most
>> >entertaining / colourful thing on a site ...
>> >
>> >alex
>> >
>> >Paul Douglas wrote:
>> >
>> >> >> 3:00 a.m. 12.May.99.PDT
>> >> >> Software that blocks ads on the Web has been around for almost as long
>> >> >>as the
>> >> >> banners themselves. But for various reasons, these tools never
>>caught on.
>> >>
>> >> Also, the new Mac browser, iCab, allows you to block graphics
>>according to
>> >> their dimensions in pixels...
>> >>
>> >> Paul

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