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Author Topic: Digging for Snails...and the Hidden Internet  (Read 5281 times)

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Digging for Snails...and the Hidden Internet
« on: August 07, 2008, 02:34:39 AM »
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Recently, while I was having a lot of trouble getting the Digg site to work on my old slow computer, I found a couple of alternatives that could be very helpful to anyone in the same situation.

Digg, Digg Lite, Digg Ultra-Lite

Taking it a step further, I wrote another article that will be of use to anyone struggling with an old slow computer on the internet, or even a newer one on a slow dialup connection. There is an entire hidden internet out there, that is friendly to old machines and slow connections!

It's a case of where new technology gives new life to the old.

And if you surf the web on your phone or PDA, you can help others by providing some information that you might be more familiar with, and maybe even pick up a few links for yourself.

The New Breed of Snails are Good News for Old Snails

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Re: Digging for Snails...and the Hidden Internet
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2008, 10:23:06 AM »
I know a lot of forums have a hidden mode called "lofiversion" that skips the images (avatars, sigs, attachments) and special formatting which makes things a lot faster.
The neowin forums has a lofiversion: http://www.neowin.ne...fiversion/index.php/

Any others?

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Re: Digging for Snails...and the Hidden Internet
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2008, 12:11:47 AM »
when i'm on dial-up i use the mobile phone version of gmail - http://m.gmail.com

sometimes i use addons that disables graphics. e.g. ImgLikeOpera.

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Re: Digging for Snails...and the Hidden Internet
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2008, 12:53:57 AM »
I usually surf with javascript turned off and only turn it on for certain sites that need it.

What is nice about the browser I am using (K-Meleon) is not just that it runs well on slower computers, it also has a lot of features necessary for them, like flashblock, flashkill, javascript block, java block, image block. And it puts most of it on a tiny toolbar that is easy to get to, if you turn the privacy toolbar on.

SNAG-00066.pngDigging for Snails...and the Hidden Internet

It's only on some sites that things are a real pain. They just won't work right without the javascript turned on, and when you turn it on it still doesn't work right because you are waiting forever for the page to load, then waiting forever to be able to do the simplest of tasks.

Another bonus about the lo-fi surfing is that it can be more productive by providing less distractions to draw you away from your purpose for being there.

Imagine being able to shop amazon.com and get just what you went there for and not everything else they threw images at you. It's faster and cheaper to use the mobile version. It's not image free, but there is a lot less of the extras trying to sell you a whole kitchen when you went there just for a cookbook. Great way to keep impulse shopping under control.

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Re: Digging for Snails...and the Hidden Internet
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2008, 02:36:04 AM »
when i'm on dial-up i use the mobile phone version of gmail - http://m.gmail.com

ahh, that works for you
it doesnt work here
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We can't provide service under the Gmail name in Germany; we're called Google Mail here instead.

If you're travelling in Germany, you can access your mail at http://mail.google.com.

Oh, and we'd like to link the URL above, but we're not allowed to do that either. Drat.

For general information about Google, please visit www.google.com or www.google.de.

and they dont redirect you to the mobile site
You need to go to http://m.google.com and follow the link there
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« Last Edit: August 09, 2008, 02:38:14 AM by tomos »

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Re: Digging for Snails...and the Hidden Internet
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2008, 01:41:15 PM »
nice =)