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A Message to Brunei Website Owners – Do you value money or people?

Step 1: Build website
Step 2: Fill page will ads
Step 3: ????
Step 4: Profit?!?!?!

My main issue is ads that seem to fill many Bruneian websites. I understand the need to make money, but when I see multiple and obtrusive ad spots all over your page, it really turns me off. To me, it conveys that you value the money from your advertisers more than you value my experience (as a customer / viewer) on your site. I’m sure everybody is familiar with one of the biggest offenders in Brunei which is BruDirect. Going to the page and I’m greeted with 4 huge ads and no content. I’m not sure how everybody else feels about it, but I for one tend to boycott these sites by not going to them.

I would also like to raise the question as to why so many Brunei websites do this and if there are any globally popular websites that do the same kind of obtrusive ad marketing. I personally can’t name any (perhaps because if I did run into it, I probably boycotting it =p). But either way, I would like to know your thoughts on this matter and, if you would be so kind, do answer the questions below and leave your reply in the comments. Add any additional remarks or comments as you wish.

  1. Do you find ad filled pages in Brudirect ok?
  2. Do you find them annoying?
  3. Do you still read the website?
  4. If you find them annoying and still read the website, why do you put up with it?
  5. How many ads is too much?

Note: I started this post several days back when I ran into a new website (can’t remember the exact URL) that had all those "Your-ad-here" spaces which seemed to litter the page. I’m not against ads as a whole, just website owners who seem it is best to fill the page with all of them. I took some time to let this post sit here so I can simmer down with my utter disdain for the act of ads littering a page. Maybe I’m too idealistic, maybe I just want a better experience when viewing websites or maybe I’m full of it. Let me know in the comments.

Fixing BruDirect’s Grey Container of Emptiness

If you have a problem with BruDirect website showing a grey box instead of showing the content, read on for have several workarounds/fixes

The problem:
Grey box instead of content as shown in the screenshot below:

Workaround (temporary fix that needs to be repeated)

  • For any browser (though doesn’t seem to work in Opera): Click the small “Decrease Font Size” button at the top of the screen

  • For Opera:
  • Shift + G to disable styles

Fix (once configured will be fixed even if browser/computer is restarted)

  • For Firefox:
    • Add a userContent.css in your profile/chrome directory
      • OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/[random 8 characters].default/chrome/
      • Windows: %appdata%MozillaFirefoxProfiles[random 8 characters].defaultchrome
      • Linux: ~/.mozilla/firefox/[random 8 characters].default/chrome
    • Add the following code into the file
    • @-moz-document domain(brudirect.com) {
      a.link span {
      font-size: 11px;
      }
      }
    • Restart Firefox and the menu bar text should be smaller and fit on a single line
  • For Opera:
    • Create a “brudirect.css” file
    • Add the following code into the file
      a.link span {
      font-size: 11px;
      }
    • Right click the page > Edit Site Preferences > Display Tab > My Style Sheet
    • Select the “brudirect.css” file that was created
    • Refresh the page