It used to happen sporadically but now it is a daily experience. As I am browsing the net I click on a link (usually a newspaper website). The page starts to load. Then I wait. And I wait. And I wait. It takes several seconds.
Once loaded, my patience is not rewarded since my MacBook Air mid-2011 seems to barely be able to keep up. Videos start playing left and right. Sound is not even turned off by default anymore. This shitshow festival of lights and sounds is discouraging but I am committed to learn about world news. I continue.
I have the silly idea to scroll down (searching for the meaty citations located between double quotes) and the framerate drops to 15 frames per second. Later, for no apparent reason, all fans will start running at full speed. The air exhaust will expel burning hot air. MacOS X’s ActivityMonitor.app reveals countless “Helpers” processes which are not helping at all. I wonder if the machine is going to die on my lap, or take off like a jet and fly away.
This happens even on my brand new laptop or my crazy powerful custom PC. This short article is basically a reply to the article we talked about earlier this week, and I’m pretty sure this is a subject we won’t be done with for a long time to come.
Firefox with uBlock Origin and if something gets out of hand block it and it is never a problem again. Sad we have to do this yes, but if your browsing a free site chances are you are the product.
More than that, it’s functional. However, I have never encountered the issues he mentions with any of my computers. The reason? I manage what loads. The author writes: “I am well aware there are many elements between a file on a server and the eyes of a reader.” To which I add that many, perhaps most elements don’t make it to my browser.