Will the web ever scroll right again?


— 12:25 AM on July 25, 2001

OK, so it's a small complaint in the grand scheme of things, but I am sick and tired of Flash (and other forms of "rich media") ads that make it nearly impossible to scroll up and down a web page. Here I was in wheelie-mouse nirvana, wired via cable modem and rolling along with a 1GHz-plus PC, when the Great Web Downturn of '00 hit and took my silky smooth scrolling along with it.

Now, don't get me wrong. I understand pop-ups, pop-unders, and pop-in-your-face-and-make-you-wait ads. I hate them all. I also understand, from the inside out, that publishers need to pay the bills. But did they have to invent a form of ad that can bring a 1.5GHz, box-o'-badness computer to a crawl? The web is pratically unusable now. It's impossible not to overshoot. With even one, teeny Flash ad onscreen, the computer scrolls like it's rowing a canoe through a bog full of peanut butter. Then, once the Flash ads scroll off the screen, the thing starts flying toward the bottom of the page at full-tilt. There is no happy medium. Or, if there is one, the New Web sure ain't it.

 
   
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