usually it’s not that easy, to be part of a world record - and even this time I almost missed the opportunity and took only part in it, because Mr. Firfox himself was a little bit late…:] Anyways - one hour later than originally planned the “Firefox 3 Download Day” took off - and I took part in it ‘already’ one hour before it was all over. Hurray!
Before I clicked the download link the download counter showed that already 7,832,299 downloads were downloaded before mine - so I guess download number 7,832,300 can be concidered as ‘my’ download…:]
At that time the download statistic showed over half a million requests from Germany alone, some 165.000 from China, more than 1500 from Jamaika - and with 1002 downloads Cuba was not really on the last position.
First I wasn’t even sure if I should really try to download this brand new version of my favourite browser a.s.a.p. or if I should rather wait, until the ‘first download wave’ was over… But when I read the first reviews and saw all the hype and nice blinking banners and invitations to download parties all over the world I was ‘on fire’ and started downloading. Not even two minutes later my hard drive was one 17,2 MB application fuller - and I was one 17,2 MB application happier…:]
Of course I haven’t yet checked out all those new features - but so far I am quite curious about all those little helpers and features an the ‘real zoom’ and so on - and I will probably sooner or later write something like a small review about my experiences with this best-browser-ever… - …or is it…? …we’ll see…:] For now I am just happy that I finally made it to be part of a world record..
..what if everybody..? ..what if everybody not only used Firefox as a browser - but also combined it with Wladimir Palant’s free advertisement blocking plug-in ‘Adblock Plus’ (www.adblockplus.org)..? ..would there just be less ugly blinking ads on my screen and your monitor and on his and her and their internet browsing experience..? ..or would there be also less motivation for publishers to publish useful information online..? ..would there be less crap online..? ..fewer weblogs..? ..less growth..?
To sum it up: has ‘Adblock Plus’ the potential to bring the Empires of E-Marketing down to their financial knees..? ..might this the end of the free world wide web as we know it..?
At this point I’d like to freely quote from
H.P.Baxter’s Scooter’s current hit single:
“The Question is: What is the Question?!”
..or in my words: “The problem is: What is the Problem?!”
Well.. Currently there seems to be a lot of discussion going on about
moneteasing äh- monetization - or actually about the possible future problems of making money online by publishing ‘free’ content - which seems to be one of the sole reasons people publish things on the web anyways. Some people seem to be so bitter about this ‘problem’ that they started blocking Firefox - hoping to make Adsense-blocking visitors understand that advertisement is needed to cover the costs of free content.. Others seem to switch to in my opinion even worse/ more ‘evil’ advertisement techniques such as text-ads - text-links that are shown in the middle of a text - leaving the visitors of a website with no choice of ignoring or even blocking the ad since it ‘camouflages’ perfectly well..
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