Monday, March 10, 2008

The Problem Is Not In Your Set

Recently, it's been necessary to make some changes, so that mwbh is easier for the typical viewer to load. Reducing the number of days/posts visible on the front page is a start. With the increased use of video clips from YouTube and the like, we've taken to reducing the size of some of them. You'll see that happen more often.

Now, I could use your help with something which occasionally drives me nuts. Two of you in particular.

Gerald Augustinus of The Cafeteria is Closed has recently had his two millionth visitor. That's amazing when you consider he's only been up for just under three years. It's even more amazing when you consider that it takes a gazillion years for his page to load on any given day. (Not today; I got lucky.)

Mark Shea of Catholic and Enjoying It! has what is probably the most pro-active fan base in the history of the internet. When he took time out to write a book a couple of years ago, he didn't post for several months. The last comments box was continuously updated from when he stopped posting, to when he started again. Now if that isn't devotion, I don't know what is. Add to that my having to force-quit my web browser twice this morning, in a vain attempt to bask in his wit and wisdom, and it makes me wish I could visit Seattle more often. (No kidding; Mark is the best tour guide!)

I should be clear that there is no ill will in doing this, but I know of no other way. Both these guys have done a great service in telling the Catholic message, and keeping people informed of events in the Culture Wars. Under the circumstances, I'd just LOVE to know how. Maybe their insights -- and those of their regular viewers -- would be really helpful to me personally. Not to mention anyone else with the same problem.

By the way, I have a Macintosh G4 at home with a broadband connection, and a Mac G5 at the office with a T1 connection. Both operate with MacOS 10.4. The problem ain't at this end, so...

Stay in touch.


Jeff Miller said...

Well I always use an aggregator so I never have to worry about load times on slow sights with lots of graphics on it.

John Gibson said...


Try changing your DNS to OpenDNS.

John Gibson

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