[kwlug-disc] The browser as the desktop

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Mon Oct 5 10:18:11 EDT 2009

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 10:05 AM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

> Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 10/05/2009 9:43 AM:
>> On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 6:18 AM, Andrew Kohlsmith (Mailing List Account) <
>> aklists at mixdown.ca <mailto:aklists at mixdown.ca>> wrote:
>>    On October 4, 2009 06:24:03 pm Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>>     > default), or because I have 200+ tabs open (yes, a bad habit). KDE
>>    Holy Flagnog! I thought my wife was bad with a couple dozen windows
>>    open!
>> Not windows, tabs. The number of Windows is normally around 7 or so.
>> I said it is a bad habit.
>> I found myself up to 240 over the weekend, and thought I should weed
>> things
>> out a bit. Now they are below 200.
> Is this the beginning of a paradigm shift from people using their inboxes
> as their todo list to using browser tabs?

The reason is that for me the browser is the desktop.

It has been like that for a long time for me, ever since I started using
Yahoo Mail then Gmail then RSS.

Too much stuff comes via that RSS channel (for which I use Google Reader,
there are many others out there).

The RSS reader becomes yet another inbox with N items waiting to be read.
So, I end up skipping the uninteresting ones and opening the interesting
in a tab to read later. After a while you get, well, 240 tabs.

Add to that the fact that I use web based applications, like Gmail, Google
and yes, the browser has become the desktop. For word processing and
spreadsheets, I use Open Office, but I don't use any local email or calendar
or contacts application.

Development work is done from ssh via screen.

I know of others who work that way too, with some variations (e.g. they are
designers, so use Mac OS/X and Adobe's programs.
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. --  Edsger W.Dijkstra
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci
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