Desktop annoyances #1: gray display, extremely slow web

David A. Cobb superbiskit at
Fri Feb 5 15:42:48 GMT 2010

  I'll start by identifying my primary suspect for the source of the 
problem: I have "only" 256MiB of real memory (slightly less than 2GiB 
virtual).  Remember what Bill Gates once said -- "no one will ever need 
more than 65 K of memory."  The installation notes say this is the bare 
minimum to do the install, but that the system should function 
satisfactorily  once installed.

My wife experiences this far more than I do, even though I can't 
identify any reason her account should be different from mine.  When she 
is browsing (usually Galeon, sometimes Firefox) the color bleaches out 
of the display, leaving everything in shades of gray.  During this 
condition, the UI becomes unresponsive.  My suspicion is that the system 
is thrashing pages at these times, so the screen is not correctly 
refreshed.  This also happens within

Possibly directly related: complex web pages just CRAWL!  Her favorite 
site, one that demonstrates the painful experience, is 
<>.  RSN, I plan to point out to the 
webmaster there that the page would be more pleasant to load if the 
default <index.html>  just pointed out to various articles.  But that is 
opposed to the trend in web pages, so I just sound like the dinosaur I am.

David A. Cobb -- computing t-rex

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