tecznotes

Michal Migurski's notebook, listening post, and soapbox. Subscribe to this blog. Check out the rest of my site as well.

May 26, 2006 8:14pm

a pox on javascript

Update, Friday: Ray recommends Safari Stand, whose site alteration feature does exactly what I hoped for.

Rant on.

I like javascript, but its use by a few big sites (looking at you, nytimes.com and wired.com) makes me break out in hives. When I turn off javascript in Safari, both of these sites are screaming fast as I'd expect. When I have it turned on, both are excruciatingly slow, and simple actions (selecting text, clicking links) lead to baffling delays and beach balls. I haven't yet spent the time with Venkman to figure out why this is, but I have my suspicions. A lot of the scripts are coming from Google, Doubleclick, and other "strategic partners" checking in on my activity. Wired seems interested in where I'm from (see the "GeoIP" section of headerLayer.js), and The New York Times likes to know what text I'm selecting, and which links I'm following.

It would be ideal if sites like this put the Ajax crack pipe aside for five minutes and erred on the side of usability. It would also be nice if Safari's javascript implementation were faster, or threaded, or whatever.

Barring that, I have a feature request: per-domain javascript disabling. Javascript is now too useful and pervasive to be turned off entirely, but certain domains abuse the privilege and ought to be denied. Even a javscript on/off switch in the Safari browser chrome would go a long way towards helping.

Rant off.

Comments

Sorry, no new comments on old posts.

June 2016
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
   
  

Recent Entries

  1. dockering address data
  2. blog all dog-eared pages: the best and the brightest
  3. five-minute geocoder for openaddresses
  4. notes on debian packaging for ubuntu
  5. guyana trip report
  6. openaddresses population comparison
  7. blog all oft-played tracks VII
  8. week 1,984: back to the map
  9. bike eleven: trek roadie
  10. code like you don’t have the time
  11. projecting elevation data
  12. the bike rack burrito n’ beer box
  13. a historical map for moving bodies, moving culture
  14. the other openstreetmap churches post
  15. platforminess, smartness, and meaningfulness
  16. writing a new continuous integration service for openaddresses
  17. state of the map 2015
  18. bike ten: schwinn touring, v2
  19. blog all oft-played tracks VI
  20. 2015 fellowship reader

Archives