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Dronecatcher

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...refers to this article:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/22/web_page_now_big_as_doom/

The piece highlights the fact that the current average single web page is larger than the original DOS Doom install package!

There's no stopping this of course and although there are some partial solutions for older devices (intelligent proxies, text only browsers, No Script etc) I think a better solution would be an active modem/router that could deliver stripped down pages, or better, your ISP offering custom channels that offer full web or legacy compatible access.
 

willmtaylor

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...refers to this article:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/22/web_page_now_big_as_doom/

The piece highlights the fact that the current average single web page is larger than the original DOS Doom install package!

There's no stopping this of course and although there are some partial solutions for older devices (intelligent proxies, text only browsers, No Script etc) I think a better solution would be an active modem/router that could deliver stripped down pages, or better, your ISP offering custom channels that offer full web or legacy compatible access.
Content blockers can help strip out much of the bloat as well.
 

Dronecatcher

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Content blockers can help strip out much of the bloat as well.

I find javascript to be the biggest problem - unfortunately, a lot of sites break without it. That's why I'd envisage a router with a dedicated embedded CPU to strip/translate. As that wont happen commercially, I guess a custom proxy running on a PI would be close?
 

willmtaylor

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I find javascript to be the biggest problem - unfortunately, a lot of sites break without it. That's why I'd envisage a router with a dedicated embedded CPU to strip/translate. As that wont happen commercially, I guess a custom proxy running on a PI would be close?

True. Thankfully we're almost rid of flash, finally.
 

MysticCow

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We're still stuck in the "OH MY GOD, THIS IS A WEBPAGE" phase of it all.

And to be serious, it took from 1878 until 1939 (The Wizard of Oz) before we got out of the "OH MY GOD, THIS IS A MOVIE" phase. So we might be in it for a long time.
 

Orizence

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I find javascript to be the biggest problem - unfortunately, a lot of sites break without it. That's why I'd envisage a router with a dedicated embedded CPU to strip/translate. As that wont happen commercially, I guess a custom proxy running on a PI would be close?
I believe there is a application that you can install on a old computer that you can use as a proxy server that will convert almost all pages to a website based off of .gif files that almost any old browser can understand.
 

Dronecatcher

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I believe there is a application that you can install on a old computer that you can use as a proxy server that will convert almost all pages to a website based off of .gif files that almost any old browser can understand.

Yes, it's here:

http://virtuallyfun.superglobalmegacorp.com/2014/03/11/web-rendering-proxy-update/
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We're still stuck in the "OH MY GOD, THIS IS A WEBPAGE" phase of it all.

And to be serious, it took from 1878 until 1939 (The Wizard of Oz) before we got out of the "OH MY GOD, THIS IS A MOVIE" phase. So we might be in it for a long time.

But cinema goers didn't have to upgrade their eyes and ears on a regular basis....
 
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