www.engadget.com - ouch Saturday, 11 January 2014  
Engadget is - or was - one of my favorite tech web sites. Until recently. It has up to date news, and is a great "first-hit" of the day web site.

But they have changed it and broken it - badly. It hurts my laptop and hurts my mobile. There is too much data and too many images on the page and am having to resort heavily to adblocking it. On my laptop, the Vine adverts/videos are causing my CPUs to go into overdrive, and Firefox is severely broken - when its using 25% of 8 cpus (i.e. using 100% of two cpus) when the page is not loaded, or even after closing. Firefox is a very poor resource hog. But engadget has decided to not only put 3x the number of headlines on the front page, and replicated all the images in big and small sizes, and added videos, but the mobile site just goes to the desktop site.

They are basically being scornful of resource usage, no matter how they access it.

So, alas, goodbye engadget as my goto page.

Instead, I welcome news.ycombinator.com - just text, lots of really interesting headlines, and loads immediately (unlike the javascript/css heavy slashdot, which is also too heavyweight).

People, please remember that there are lots of times that a high bandwidth connection is not available.

Whilst I am at it, I will give a thumbs up to "Taptu" - which I use on Android and iOS - which allows for offline reading.

Posted at 06:50:35 by fox | Permalink