Is it just me who's having stability problems with theage.com.au? Sometimes when I'm loading pages, it crashes the browser completely. Locks it up. It happens at home, on both my PCs, in both IE7 and Firefox on XP SP2, and appears to be linked to a video player Flash applet displayed on some pages, particularly at night and weekends when they appear not to have other content such as adverts to show.
Oddly it doesn't occur at work, but it causes big problems at home. I've up
dated to the latest Flash plugin and that doesn't seem to help. I haven't found any other Flash applets that cause the issue.
I've put theage.com.au into IE's Restricted Sites list. That neatly zaps the use of plugins like Flash.
There appears to be no equivalent method in Firefox. Flashblock would do the job, but is a little like a sledgehammer to crack a nut. AdBlock Plus should do better.
Of course, none of this solves the root cause. I wonder if it's just me.
I never have a problem. Herald Sun is more likely to cause a problem and it is terribly slow.
I am having the same problem but I am using Ubuntu. I thought the problem might have been flash with firefox. I tried the new flash 10 beta but it still crashed. So I now use the flashblock extension as a crude fix.
I, too, have this problem with The Age website. I am using Firefox 3.0.4 on a Mac. It’s so frustrating, as it means I have to walk down the street and buy the paper version every day!
cnwb, A recent Flash update appears to have solved this for me.