The Outlook “Dance of Death”

Because I have my own web servers, I could have just about any mail solution I please. Still, little (stupid) me opted for joining the Outlook.com mayhem that it is today. Why? Because it looked nice and modern.

If, at my place, which happens to be the slowest end of the Internet, you try to load outlook.com, it starts doing what I would call “The Outlook Dance of Death” … and which other people around the globe have often equated with a myriad of four-letter (plus a few more) words, all of which I am very reluctant to quote.

If you use any kind of adblocker, which 99% of Internet-savy people do, outlook.com will start loading, reloading and … reloading. For over 60 seconds, and often twice that time, outlook.com will become totally unresponsive, locked into programmed death-throws that are, to be brutally honest, fascinating to watch. In a Firefox tab, that circle will spin, re-spin, spin again, lock, reboot and … start spinning.

If you research the issue on the Net, you will soon find out that the developers (probably under supervision of advertisers) don’t seem to give a rat’s ass. They tell you to do this, do that, and something totally else, although the only problem is that an adblocker of any type will render the interface muter than mute. No go. Dead to the world for 1-2 minutes.
Trying to read a new mail? Wait 120 seconds.
Started to type a new mail? Outlook will tell you to f*ck off and both delete your draft and then start all over again (reload, reload, reload).

When I gained my (first) foothold on the Net ages ago, things just worked.
Today, commercial interests have started to screw up every single damn aspect of it.

Time to hit my own servers again.

 

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and deus62.com is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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