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#1 OFFLINE   raymac46

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 08:50 AM

For a while now I have been giving my wife the Toshiba netbook to take when she goes down to see her mother. But I think that's reached the end as far as this old Atom based machine goes.
The combination of a slow network, a creaking underpowered processor, minimal RAM and a resource hungry browser (Firefox) is absolutely lethal. My wife gave up in frustration trying to look at some photos on Facebook. Mind you she is used to a quad-core i5 desktop with 16 GB of RAM, discrete graphics, and 150Mbps bandwidth.
Even with Arch Linux, Xfce, and an SSD the netbook can never match this.
I tried Midori and it works a bit better - but this is on my own home network. My wife wouldn't want to use Midori either. All she wants is Firefox and Facebook to work.
I guess I'll keep the Toshiba here and let my wife take the Thinkpad next time. It runs Debian, has an i5 mobile processor, 8GB of RAM and an SSD. I can't do much about slow wifi but it's got to be better for her with a more powerful laptop.
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#2 OFFLINE   securitybreach

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 09:07 AM

The main problem is that so many sites make heavy use of javascript which absolutely kills older machines with low ram.
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#3 OFFLINE   raymac46

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 09:11 AM

I checked the System Monitor and it seems the Atom is running at 100% trying to load Facebook on Firefox.
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#4 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 11:33 AM

Facebook is just bad... all bad... to be avoided. ;)

#5 OFFLINE   abarbarian

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 01:17 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 25 May 2018 - 11:33 AM, said:

Facebook is just bad... all bad... to be avoided. ;)

yup

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View Postraymac46, on 25 May 2018 - 09:11 AM, said:

I checked the System Monitor and it seems the Atom is running at 100% trying to load Facebook on Firefox.

It is not just loading, it is harvesting your data as it loads, hence the extra cpu cycles needed :Laughing:
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Posted 21 June 2018 - 03:21 AM

View Postsecuritybreach, on 25 May 2018 - 09:07 AM, said:

The main problem is that so many sites make heavy use of javascript which absolutely kills older machines with low ram.

To which NoScript reacts by semi- or fully disabling the website from loading.
Tedious to go 'allow' so much stuff- and being forced to guess as to which are
optional. "Can I get away with not allowing Google? I so hate Google..."

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#7 OFFLINE   abarbarian

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 04:24 AM

View PostCluttermagnet, on 21 June 2018 - 03:21 AM, said:

View Postsecuritybreach, on 25 May 2018 - 09:07 AM, said:

The main problem is that so many sites make heavy use of javascript which absolutely kills older machines with low ram.

To which NoScript reacts by semi- or fully disabling the website from loading.
Tedious to go 'allow' so much stuff- and being forced to guess as to which are
optional. "Can I get away with not allowing Google? I so hate Google..."

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You could use Qwant instead of google,

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#8 OFFLINE   ebrke

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 06:10 PM

View PostCluttermagnet, on 21 June 2018 - 03:21 AM, said:

View Postsecuritybreach, on 25 May 2018 - 09:07 AM, said:

The main problem is that so many sites make heavy use of javascript which absolutely kills older machines with low ram.

To which NoScript reacts by semi- or fully disabling the website from loading.
Tedious to go 'allow' so much stuff- and being forced to guess as to which are
optional. "Can I get away with not allowing Google? I so hate Google..."

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I'm lucky enough that most of the websites I visit are still legible with NoScript in use and all scripting forbidden. If not, I start at the top and allow just enough for the site to be useful.
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