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Why the webspinner website is pants

Site reviewed on 8th December 2003

I was on the Highlander Web magazine page and saw this advert for the web design company Webspinner

advert for webspinner

So I visited their site. First problem - it says I need a frames enabled browser. I have a frames enabled browser. Second problem, it says I need a resolution of 800 x 600. I assume this is a minimum, it doesn't say. I have a resolution of 1024 x 768. So why do I get the errors?

incorrect browser errors

Worst is yet to come though. Notice in the image above, there's a big grey box. This indicates it's downloading a java class to run in my browser. When it does, my PC hangs using both IE 6 and Mozilla 1.5 using Windows XP with all the latest patches applied. It takes a major effort to get my PC to do anything, because the entire desktop is flashing, going all black and looks about to crash. Notice that the redraw mechanism is failing, which is why my office toolbar appears in the bottom of the browser's viewing area.

pc problem time

Motto for webspinner : The web design company which designs sites that hang your PC. They claim to have "award winning designs since 1994" in the screen dump above. Congratulations, you've just added the award "Pants website of the day" to your list.

The pants website award. Please feel free to add to this list