School of Computing. Dublin City University.
My big idea: Ancient Brain
Type/Edit/Paste URL in location line and hit return.
Only have to type from "www." rightwards. Browser fills in "http://" automatically.
is the same as:
While one page is downloading, don't just sit there.
to start a new window and pursue another link.
If things take forever, hit Stop! (Or Back).
Explore Options and Preferences.
Change your default home page to something sensible.
You can browse files on disk. Enter URLs like:
Note the location line. Hover mouse over links and notice future location displayed in status line at bottom of screen.
Keep a bookmarks file.
Or just store all your bookmarks on Web pages (public or private). I do this. I don't use bookmarks.
Broken links are a necessary evil - it's why the Web scaled (no central database). But it's still a real pain.
If a URL doesn't work, try some of these:
If URL works, but is incomprehensible home page:
Hack it again from RHS:
not in the hope of finding an index.html - we figure that the user does not know about the index.html convention, and user.htm really is his home page - rather in the hopes that the directory is readable and so our browser can construct a raw list of his files for us to explore directly, without having to follow links through his home page.
Even if the directory is r-x if there exists an index.html then we can't see the raw listing. This is because the decision of what to send us when we type that URL is made at the server side. So even if the directory is r-x creating an index.html means, due to hard-coded server-side logic (that we can't influence), that the listing will never be sent to us.