If you make your living on the Internet you notice every little bump and fart that comes along. It’s been farting alot this week for me. This odious phenomenon is marked by webpages that take their sweetass time to load, and it’s been happening on wicked fast work PCs and my more humble home set up. It’s aggravating to say the least. I probably open two or three hundred webpages every day, if each of them on average takes an extra ten seconds to load that adds up to a bunch of wasted time. On top of that pages have been getting hung up, as in stuck, won’t load at all, shutting down my browser and with it any work I have not saved. Which gives me another chance to ask the question that our Internet network geniuses can’t seem to answer: Why Are We Still Having To Suffer With Hung Web Pages in 2011?
On every page there is an “X” in the top right-hand corner. Clicking on it is supposed to close the page. One would think breaking a connection would be one of the simplest things a piece of electronics can do. But for some unfathomable reason, when the page is stuck loading and the computer paralyzed with the effort, the time when you most want and need that page to close more than any other, the X has no effect. Nothing, it’s like it’s laughing at you.
No problem, my PC tech people glibly explain, why just open task manager and close it that way! OK, first of all, why should we have to do that? Whatever it is task manager does, or is supposed to do, why not just have that happen when we click on the X in the first place? And second, that does not always work, too often the fucking thing throws up this amazingly asinine message saying “Not responding.” No shit? Yeah, that’s kinda why we resort to task manager in the first place. Or it shuts down the whole goddamn browser and there goes any unsaved work online, which can be enough to make a grown man want to beat that PC into little plastic bits.
Despite trillions of dollars in R & D over the last three decades, the hung web page still survives and manages to screw over millions of users every day. Why that happens remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in my day-to-day life.