diegel wrote:When I remember the 90th with Internet backbone capacities of 2 mbit or less and dialin modems with 33,6kbit/s, compared with that even a ff3 running on an old R10000 is fast. With today's technology everything is much faster of course, but is it also better? Some days ago I used the web without noscript and adblocker with a current system and I was shocked about poor performance and the amount of advertising, I love entering a time capsule by using my old computers.
Yep, I remember those days as well. Netscape on an Indigo2 at work or web browsing under Windows 98 at home were quite acceptable back then. I didn't find the speeds too bad as most the pages were very basic of course. And although they took a good few seconds to load, the OS and browser would stay nice and responsive as the most taxing thing you had to worry about was the odd animated GIF.
I suppose the main difference I noticed more recently was using my O2 back in the early 2000s to browse the web. Although a bit slow, Firebird (from SGI freeware) could render pages fine, and the performance was overall acceptable. Then a couple of years ago when I dug my O2 out of storage and fired it up, Firebird couldn't even render a basic phpBB forum and it ground to a halt when trying. And yet, I don't seem to recall modern versions of phpBB containing tons of additional useful functionality, it's all just bloat.