I just became a FireFox user.....
I used to be a happy camper with adds.... just sort of ignore them unless it's
something possibly relevant and then occasionally click the link.
Now, after only a couple weeks of what I perceive as overly-intrusive flashing
ads, I'm totally lost to the guys paying not only for the intrusive ads, but for
the regular ads: I use FireFox+AdBlock and I don't see *any* ads.... their
advertising money is basically going down the drain...
Once the functional equivalent of AdBlock becomes available to IE users, my
guess is that there will be a shakeout in the online advertising world.... at
least until somebody figures out how to do ads that cannot be blocked.
>> For me it's not ads vs ad-free. It's the flashing/moving ads that interfere
>> with the basic functionality (from the user's perspective) of the page.
>> When something flashes, the eye wants to zero in on it - and it's stressful to
>> have to keep fighting that reflex in order to read the page.
> Firefox + adblock = not a single ad in iwindsurf.com.
> ++*Juan-- (who owes his salary to ads, but the relevant, non-flashy,
> non-intrusive ones).
florian - NY22
>> ++*Juan-- (who owes his salary to ads, but the relevant, non-flashy,
>> non-intrusive ones).
> Firefox 1.5 does an even greater job at blocking content. Would be nice
> to see the graphs...
> Besides, the site minus ads is still dog slow. I am definitively not
> sure I'll resubscribe at this point.
florian - NY22
> I guess they assume there's crossover appeal ... I'm not so sure...
>> I guess they assume there's crossover appeal ... I'm not so sure...
>They got it right. They are trying to sell the sport of surf kiting
>to windsurfers. In other words, since you already own a lot of
>windsurfing equipment, you are more likely to buy a lot of kiting
>equipment than you are of replacing all the WSing stuff you already
Let's face it. Advertising is annoying. Not always though. Maybe it
would be worthwhile for them to have nice photo galleries paid for by
the advertisers. That way it's voluntary But still, you'd be reaching
a smaller audience.
Any company is going to try to get as much money as they can. Some
will do it to fill the coffers of the owners. Others will use it to
put back into the business. iWindsurf has always done the latter? You
don't think so? Just spend some time around the staff.
Am I sticking up for them? Yep. I believe in what they do and it's the
best thing around. Kick them out of business and then we're stuck with
the NWS with weather stations 15 miles from the launches.
>>> Firefox + adblock = not a single ad in iwindsurf.com.
>>> ++*Juan-- (who owes his salary to ads, but the relevant, non-flashy,
>>> non-intrusive ones).
>> Firefox 1.5 does an even greater job at blocking content. Would be nice
>> to see the graphs...
>> Besides, the site minus ads is still dog slow. I am definitively not
>> sure I'll resubscribe at this point.
>Well, I seem to have figured it out... it's not that difficult after
>all. Thanks to shift-8, iWS is now ad-free (but still slow, and without
>forecasts in the winter).
florian - NY22
Now that she's said it, I kinda think that too.
OTOH I'm one of those people who can feel how much better their car runs after
being washed and waxed.
> OTOH I'm one of those people who can feel how much better their car runs after
> being washed and waxed.
> You say that in jest, but I've found a 1-2mpg difference on longer
> trips once my truck has been washed. Instead of the gritty texture I
> feel on the paint when it's dirty. What's wax?
> >I for one would be happy if they would just ONCE respond to a
> >complaint. They are big about saying "our email might be confused
> >with spam" but for years now I've never heard back from them. I've
> >found enough wind sensors and cams outside of (or non exclusive to)
> >iwindsurf that I'm strongly considering dropping the membership, given
> >the bad service I've received personally. It sounds like it depends
> >where in the country you are in terms of their responsiveness.
> Send your complaints/suggestions to me. I will get them to the right
> person. I don't know why you have been apparently ignored.