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mouse at Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA
Mon Mar 7 22:39:03 CST 2005
> I'm baffled by those who [are, well, classiccmpers], yet these same
> folk claim to be unable and unwilling to locate and revive a cast-off
> PC with sufficient power to run a contemporary web browser and/or
> connect to the net faster than dialup.
I'm not unable to. I'm unwilling to because I believe it would present
a significantly inferior interface - and a significantly more expensive
one besides, in money, time-and-effort, or both.
> To wit, I'll summarize some of the savvy arguments posted so far
> against web-based forums: [...].
I note you don't actually reply to, much less rebut, any of them.
> [...], "They worship old technology, but they're scared of new
As somoene who has posted weighing in on that side-- I'm not scared of
I don't dislike GUI web browsers because they're New and Different; I
dislike them because I've used them and found them inferior (for most
purposes, this one included).
I don't dislike reverse video because it's New and Modern; I dislike it
because I've used it and find it significantly more tiring to my eyes
(when used for any significant length of time - reverse video *is*
easier to read for very brief stuff, say a line or two, but gets very
wearing for much more than that, at least on self-luminant displays).
I don't dislike Windows because it's popular to dislike Windows; I
dislike it because I worked for a month as a Windows sysadmin and found
that a large and significant fraction of the popular criticisms were
And I don't dislike Web fora because they're New and Different and I'm
scared of having to use them; I dislike them for the reasons I listed
in a past message. If you can't get anything from that list but the
impression that I'm scared of them, well, I see no point trying to
carry this conversation any further.
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