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Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby manas » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:25 am

Hi all

I've put this topic under 'wellness' because my Internet usage is way too much and I am going to take a strong measure to deal with it, since nothing else seems to work. The amount of time I spend daily in front of my pc is negatively impacting on my health, physically. mentally and socially. If I could just remove one element - photographic images - the 'addictive' aspect of the Net would be removed for me, and I could have my life back, so to speak.

I went on to this Linux forum, and the people there seem to suggest that one's browsing experience would be severely limited thesedays with a text-only O.S. But as I really only need the Internet for researching stuff and acquiring knowledge etc, maybe that won't be such a problem. In particular I wanted to ask: would the Dhamma Wheel site still fully function for me, with a text-only Operating System?

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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby m0rl0ck » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:41 am

Works is in the eye of the beholder maybe, but i did manage to navigate to this thread and post this reply using "links" a text only browser for linux.

EDIT: and keep in mind that afaik there is no text only os. Most linux distros these days come with a couple of different choices of graphical interface, at least a couple of different browsers and at least a couple of video / audio players.
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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby m0rl0ck » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:00 am

Just a second thought, dont make it an all or nothing decision. You can dual boot your current os with a *nix and see if you like it. Given the usage numbers you see, i guess the *nixes dont agree with most people :)
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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby manas » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:14 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby m0rl0ck » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:19 am

Youre welcome. Vector linux is a great user and newbie friendly distro that has an active user support forum.
The live CD version of the latest release is here http://vectorlinux.com/downloads
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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby matais » Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:09 am

Hello,

I'm currently visiting dhammawheel.com through elinks, a text-only browser. Except for not being able to see any avatars and emoticons, the experience is rather good. See attached screenshots.
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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby Dan74 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:14 am

I spend too much time on the web too, manas, and sadly a text-only browser would not really make much difference, because I lot of the time it is with text! :embarassed: Image


My suggestion would be to get rid of internet altogether and use internet cafe for the forum, etc time.
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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:04 am

It's a rather anachronistic idea that Unix/Linux systems are text only. Sure, you typically run servers without even a monitor, but it's a little sad that newcomers to graphical interfaces verlook that the first graphical web browser was written on a Unix sytem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosaic_%28web_browser%29 :coffee:

Some remember fondly the Sun Unix systems from the 80's with 19 or 21 inch screens, GUIs, etc, etc, at the time Macs had those dinky little screens (to make them affordable for home use presumably) and Windows didn't really exist as a viable product. And, of course, the Linux kernel made all those tools available available on mass-market intel-based computers. There's a bit of a history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of ... _interface

From my interest point of view (scientific computing) it took MS and Apple a while to get decent functionality, but there's little functionality difference now between the available GUI's on different OS's these days. There are, of course, differences in preferences, but that's another issue entirely... :tongue:

[Posted from Firefox on Fedora Linux with Gnome GUI].

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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby manas » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:43 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby daverupa » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:06 am

When I went to grad school, I made sure to get a nice computer with a somewhat crummy video card to prevent games from taking up too much time. Ultimately, much of my time was spent gaming on a computer with a crummy video card.

I think even an old Epson with a monochrome monitor and a DOS boot disc on a 5-1/4" floppy would still see me playing Freddy's Rescue Roundup long after I was supposed to be productive elsewhere, and that's if I wasn't playing with multiple-choice role-playing game design in BASIC.

No, these artificially-constructed extrinsic motivators never seem to address the root issues, do they?

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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:24 am

Greetings,

I intend to just run my current computer into the ground.

If the world upgrades around me, and requirements for various sites and applications go up around me then so be it - I'll catch up when the computer breaks down.

Interesting to see matais's screenshots, rather retrofuturistic. ;)

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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby corrine » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:05 pm

Wouldn't it be simpler to just set a time limit? Perhaps with a actual, physical timer, to maybe one hour?

I do this so as not to waste too much time just playing on the internet. I can just get lost in the many interesting places on the internet if I do not time myself. When the timer goes off, the roaming stops. I use the internet for book research, so turning it off is not an option, nor is eliminating the visual as the visual makes all the difference in my research, but that does not give me license to just wander around doing nothing of any import for hours on end.

So I use a timer. It works for me. Maybe it will work for you too.

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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby manas » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:31 pm

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:59 am

I feel this is the wrong approach. Looking for computer based solutions is just something else to do on the computer.

Get away from the flat more often. Just walk out of the door and go to a park or beach to meditate.

Go for a retreat. I see that is giving a retreat next month at the Victoria Buddhist Society.

he did as a young boy. Its among the best that you can find anywhere.
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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby manas » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:08 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Would this site still function with a text-only O.S.?

Postby Buckwheat » Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:45 pm

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.


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