Thursday, September 10, 2009

The smallest lightest sweetest browser of all...

I've gotten emails from people asking for HELP! MY DIAL-UP IS REALLLLY SLOW! Nothing is worse than trying to sanely surf the net when you're stuck with an old-school modem, putzing along at 28.8 or 14.4 - what was fast in 1995 is so slow today. I also have heard from people who would like to have a no-frills browser to speed up the content while they are online. There's a couple of old programs still available that may be of some help. I recommend you download and save copies of BOTH!

The first is "Off By One" browser. Would you like to absolutely blaze thru Google searches (including image searches)? Go to offbyone.com and download the wonderful little "Off By One" browser. It is a thoroughly independent online/offline Web browser that loads and runs quickly and reliably on all Windows systems.

I open it up when I want to look thru a webpage or blog QUICKLY, without waiting for all the bells and whistles to load in Firefox, Chrome or IE. OffByOne is a secure browser that protects your identity when browsing and leaves no track of where you've been. Best of all, there are no pop-up, pop-over or pop-under advertising windows. OffByOne browser can run directly from a floppy, CD, ZIP etc. without installation. It hasn't been updated in awhile, but I think EVERY blogger should have one!

Off By One Browser Features (taken from its homepage)
1) Implements full HTML 3.2 support plus many HTML 4.0 extensions, including Frames.

2) Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) support provided by optional OpenSSL libraries for secure navigation to https:// addresses.

3) Incorporates a tabbed browsing interface.

4) Extras include image animation, WAV and AVI playback and the ability to automatically launch external applications for file types that are not supported internally.

5) Packaged in one self-contained 1.2 MB application. Can be compressed down to about 460KB for distribution.

6) Completely self-contained, does not require the presence of any other browser.

7) Does not require any installation, browser can be run directly from a CD or over a network.

8) Has a unique Find-In-Files feature that can search the non-tag text of multiple HTML files.

9) Has a unique image zoom option.

Off By One Browser Limitations
No JavaScript support (so no pop-up ad windows)... No applet, plug-in or Flash support.

The second browser is called Lynx. Lynx is a text only browser. Version v283 is available as a FREE, quick download as it does everything you'll need, and more importantly doesn't do anything a search engine spider can't do. This particular version of Lynx should work in most versions of Windows NT, 95, 98, ME, 2K, XP, and Vista.

Most people are able to get Lynx up and running after thoroughly reading the instructions below. Sorry, I can't offer installation support - I just don't get time to answer emails these days.

Installation Instructions
Read the 'readme.txt' and other help files included in the package for more information.

Make a folder on the top level of your C drive called lynx_w32
Unzip the contents of the lynx_v283.zip file into that folder.
Make a shortcut to lynx.bat* and place it on your desktop.
Double click the shortcut. Lynx will open with google.com as the home page.
*Can't find lynx.bat? In Windows Explorer try selecting the tools option at the top of the window, then select Folder Options. Click the "view" tab, then un-check the box for "hide extensions for known file types".

AGGREGATE Since I launched my first blog in September 2003, each Fall and Winter I analyze emails, comments, rankings and statistics gathered by sitemeters in efforts to better understand how to make this blog a more effective communication tool. I've gone from diarist to reporter to citizen journalist to something that is now a web2.0 "hybrid" entity; a weblog that now exists as an electronic "paper" or aggregator, each post becoming a kind of portal.

This post has a double purpose; #1, to reaffirm my commitment to bloggers and blogders (blogreaders) worldwide to keep my presentation readable even by those with dial-up or otherwise slow internet access, and, #2, to alert all to the opening of my "portal." Look at the blog header, underneath my name. Those are live links - that header has become a gateway or portal to other pages and places. Even though some of the links are not ready or "under construction" I felt that this is the time to introduce them. What clinched the decision was an email from a reader who thought that it might be a good idea if I made reference to my "homepage" in every post. Most blogs receive incoming traffic which has locked in on an individual post's URL. Many times the reader is not aware that there is much more to the blog, perhaps other articles that they would be interested in. So I've placed the "home" page as the very first link. Now, incoming visitors don't have to guess how to arrive at the blog's index page. The additional links, in time, I hope will add to the quality of my presentation, allowing me to post material (videos and hi-res photography) which may be better suited to high speed internet.

Treats As you're scrolling through this blog, look for some hidden surprises in the form of links planted here and there (many times if you click on a picture or image you'll be treated to a video, podcast or extra information! If you look, you'll find my email address and telephone number!)

Welcome New Readers! I have made every effort to accomodate you: I try to make most of my links open in new windows so you won't lose this anchor page. I try to reach you via different languages. I've included many tools, including digg, RSS, trackbacks, tags and comments, as well as the little "snap" preview tool which allows you to take a look at webpage and even play a video or mp3 without having to go directly to that page. You may wonder why my blog doesn't have a certain feature: in all likelihood I have tried it and either it made the blog too difficult to load on slower connections or it was an unreliable service that broke fames or otherwise screwed up the template. Please enjoy your visit here, and come back often!

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  1. Yes! Off-By-One is THE fastest i've seen in the Windows world (besides text-only browsers). DO tell ppl that pages typically do NOT render correctly -- pictures are in the wrong plce, etc. This may be the fault of web pages not written to standards instead of a flaw in Off-By-One. Nevertheless, it is well worth it.
    Also - you may want to mention that simply turning off images in a browsers will make any of them fly.

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