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Who needs browser wars?

I had to find a copy of Lynx today. For those of you whippersnappers that are too young to know this, Lynx is a text based web browser. There are no graphics -- only text. How do you navigate through the web? Quickly, and without popus. =)

So what brought all of this up? Well, I remembered Lynx when lnr made a comment in her journal about using Lynx to get to LiveJournal. I find it quite weird and yet cool that LJ supports Lynx. Well, after having posted the pictures with Dick Clark the other day, I got to thinking. My old web site was put up in haste and used the smeggy FrontPage 2000. My current web site is just ... well, sad. I thought it'd be nice of me to finally bring the site down and learn HTML. I mean, I do a subset of it here in LJ all the time, right?

So out I go to conquer the little portion of the net that is mine. And the first thing I hit were frames. I know, I know.... some of you are screaming at the CRT right now, saying things like "Why aren't you using CSS?", "Why don't you get a tool that will do this smeg for you?", and "Who's that at the door?". Part of this is the mental exercise of learning. The other half involves taking little baby steps, so CSS will be a site revamp. Anyway, back to the point, which is that there is a NOFRAMES tag. Curiously, I made some sort of statement along the lines of "Update your browser! I think Lynx even supports frames these days." Then it hit me. I have no idea if Lynx actually *does* support frames or not. So I had to find a Windows binary to find out.

Now aren't you glad that you wasted some valuable time reading about me wasting valuable time?


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Oct. 31st, 2002 12:45 pm (UTC)
Hey, I remember LYNX!
When I was in college, I preferred Lynx to access the web. Mostly, it was the text I was after, anyway, and not all of those slow-loading graphics that just get in the way. In fact, for many functions, I would still prefer Lynx.

My cell phone uses a rudimentary version of Lynx for its wireless web access. I can't get to LJ on my phone, but it is useful to check sports scores or news headlines when I have a few extra minutes--or when what I'm supposed to be doing gets boring.
Oct. 31st, 2002 01:16 pm (UTC)
Atari Lynx? =)
Well, if you still want Lynx, you can visit the web site. If you are using Windows, I can vouch for this package, as that's the one I tested.
Oct. 31st, 2002 02:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Atari Lynx? =)
Sounds great! Sometimes Lynx is the best way when I don't need all the fancy bells and whistles. :-)
Oct. 31st, 2002 02:11 pm (UTC)
Holy cow!
I had completely forgotten about Lynx for the longest time and how much I enjoyed using it.

So, of course, I had to download it again.

You've definately made my day... thanks a lot!
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