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Midnight Pub

Was hypertext a mistake?


I remember watching a documentary about "the internet" where this guy, seemed a bit crazy even for early techy Californian*, was very into how the multidimensional and nonlinear information display is the future and is going to change everything.

Maybe it's hard to read Wikipedia because my brain is busy planning a few steps ahead and remembering all the links from further up I want to click on next? How is this working for you people? Feel like it doesn't fit your brain?

\* possible a famous personality and I'm embarrassing myself

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~nargran wrote:

Nowadays for learning I usually stick to PDF/Djvu books from libgen. There's nothing like a well structured, professionally typeset book IMO

~whiskeyding wrote (thread):

My 'solution', if you can even call it that, is to make my primary computer a Raspberry Pi Zero running a bash terminal :)

Your surfing becomes a rather dedicated affair at that point, since Lynx and w3m simply don't render a lot of pages in a readable fashion. I just stopped going to those pages.

I can get podcasts, gemini, weather, email, even texting via an SMS > XMPP gateway service. It's not always easy or convenient, but it does feel healthier than 'surfing' or god forbid, YouTube. The hours I've wasted...

~2pie wrote (thread):

I totally get what you're saying (...writing ?). I guess that is why tabbed browser were invented, you can open links in the background while you read the page, and when finished you go to the next tab.

I don't like that though, I always feel oppressed by the new tabs waiting.

I tried tabless browsing a few month ago, and it felt great, calm and peaceful. You still have to remember to go this "link that looked interesting" when you're done, but you have to finish your page first.

Maybe a solution would be a tabless browser where you can add a marker to links ? As a reminder to visit it when you're done ?

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