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CAPS is Resource Pig



December 26, 2007 – Comments (4)

One thing I have to say about the programming for the Motley Fool site is that it is a total resource pig of both bandwidth and computing power. 

I am in Vancouver and stuck using my old computer and I have had nothing but problems because of the wasteful programming and I just lost a post I was working on that I had done quite a bit of research on because Fool crashed my older computer, which was the main reason I ended up buying a new computer.  Pretty bad when the main thing you use your computer for is the internet and office type programs.  People should not be making computer upgrade decisions because web pages are being designed as utter resource pigs.

Up in the NWT where you pay a fortune for bandwidth I failed to realise the degree to which an open Motley Fool brower window sucks bandwidth when you are not using your computer.  I used $60 of bandwidth in 6 days before I realised the extent of costly resource pig, bandwidth stealing inefficiency.  Half of my bandwidth was used up while I slept.  Ok, so Fool isn't the only browser window I left open, but it is still a thief.


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#1) On December 26, 2007 at 2:19 PM, CraigCa (< 20) wrote:

For longer posts, especially ones in which I am doing a lot of research, I usually type them up in Word first and then cut-and-paste into my browser window to post them on MF.  This way, I can save my post along the way, (so if the computer or the browser crashes or something else happens I have most of my data saved), plus I can take advantage of the spell checker in Word.  Also, sometimes I want to rearrange my post and it is easier to cut and paste Word than in this little comment box.  (Something I have suggested to the Fool that they change the size of on several occasions.)  And it is easier to reread my post before I post it if it is in Word, since Word will display it full screen instead of the browser displaying part of it in this tiny little box.

Something you might want to consider doing in the future, especially if your browser is a resource pig, (or at least the MF site in your browser is a pig).  It's something that I don't pay too much attention to since I have unlimited bandwidth for a set fee each month.  I do notice that if I use an old Netscape browser on my old computer, the MF site will crash my browser each time.   It doesn't seem to do that on a Firefox browser on my old computer, (and my old computer can run the latest Firefox browser but can't run the newer IE or Netscape browsers, since the old computer is running Win98, which a new Firefox browser will run on but Netscape and IE will not).  

Happy holidays and good luck with your posting and your investments.


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#2) On December 26, 2007 at 2:40 PM, dwot (29.73) wrote:

Yeah, I sometimes do that, but when you do links the end edit is a pain.  They ought to have a save draft function.

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#3) On December 26, 2007 at 4:17 PM, XMFCrocoStimpy (97.34) wrote:

dwot, I really like the idea of a save draft function.  Why not pass it along on the Contact Us page?  It's been a real pleasure reading your posts/musings over the past couple of months and is a shame that we lost a full blown post.


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#4) On December 26, 2007 at 4:31 PM, dwot (29.73) wrote:

Thanks TMF.  I will do so.  Any idea why caps uses so much more in the way of computer resources?

The other thing it needs is a spell checker.  Stupid thing crashed when I tried to open another program to check spelling. 

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