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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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securitybreach

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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abarbarian

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

 

yup

 

Facebook :Smiley-IPB-400: :Smiley-IPB-400: :Smiley-IPB-400:

 

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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Cluttermagnet

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..."

 

Clutter

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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..."

 

Clutter

 

You could use Qwant instead of google,

 

https://www.qwant.com/?q=Canada%20sets%20date%20for%20legal%20marijuana&f=h:AWQhZViv-WuUSQIJTVlA&t=news

 

:breakfast:

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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..."

 

Clutter

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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