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Re: TECH: Why this low-tech forum?

From:Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>
Date:Monday, May 3, 2004, 23:00
Gary Shannon wrote:

>One big advantage of the bbs format is that there need >not be any daily posting limits because your mailbox >will never get flooded with hundreds of messages on >topics you're not interested in. You pick the topics >you wish to participate in without the overhead of >downloading the hundreds of others that you are not >interested in. This makes the bbs approach much more >efficient for dial-up users since it doesn't waste so >much bandwidth of unwanted stuff. > > >
In my (alas, extensive) experience with dial-up, waiting for a large amount of data to download, and then browsing it offline at your leisure, is a much more pleasant experience than downloading a small amount of data by tediously sorting through it online, with all the attendant aggravating points and clicks and waiting for a response from a narrow-bandwidth, high-latency connection. I'd contend that it's much more efficient to avoid sorting and browsing via a slow connection at all. To be honest, browsing a large forum even via broadband is agonising. I'd rather work through it with my own tools, on my own computer, thank you very much [see parallel rant on same subject :)]. s. ---- Stephen Mulraney In 1869 the waffle iron was invented for people who had wrinkled waffles.