Linked by David Adams on Fri 19th Mar 2010 21:07 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Online advertising has been a hot topic for the past week or so, with Ars Technica trying out an interesting, somewhat desperate experiment wherein they blocked access to their content for people using Adblock. Of course, if this were to become some kind of movement among publishers, it would probably just spark a technological cat-and-mouse game that would surely be reminiscent of DRM cracking or iPhone jailbreaking. But in their post-mortem, Ars states that it was a worthwhile awareness campaign, and I hope that's true. But I thought it would be a good idea to try to bring the collective OSNews brainpower together and crowdsource the idea of how to raise money for a web site in an age where advertising is increasingly un-viable.
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The only one remotely close to being able to replace Firefox is Chrome. Every other one ends up much worse than FF when up for a long time time (weeks for a single browser instance is common for me), when swap starts getting hit, or there will simply be some horrible UI issue (such as with Opera, which I keep checking out, because it is cool, but the UI is horrid). Also, IE is only used for testing purposes, and even for that, it's unresponsiveness is unnerving ;) .

Note also, that at least 50% of my browsing is done on a PIII w/ 384MB RAM, but the mentioned problems are there with ad servers just as much on much better HW.

The way they are going w/ the H264 v Theora thing, I may end up irritated with them enough to get away from FF, on entirely non-technical grounds.

Edited 2010-03-20 09:38 UTC

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