NADD? Uhm, yeah, you bet…

I don’t know if i’m happy or sad that “NADD” rings a bell.

http://www.randsinrepose.com/archives/2003/07/10/nadd.html

Yeah, I know it’s old. In internet time, five years is something like going back to the Stone Age, to see how people fought when all they had was pretty cool sharpened granite axes.

I’m just a bit worried that reading the post sounded familiar :)

12 thoughts on “NADD? Uhm, yeah, you bet…

  1. Michael Iatrou

    Mate, I ‘ve been there, I ‘ve seen your desktop, you only have a single window open… oh, wait, it was Emacs! Sorry, my bad, you ‘re right on :-)

  2. keramida Post author

    Haha, Michael :-)

    The truth is I usually have one Emacs instance running Gnus (email & news), pidgin minimized to the system try (IM), Firefox with a dozen tabs or so, and 2-3 xterm windows open with a separate screen session in each one. Sometimes I have a second Emacs instance running in UTF-8 mode, to read patches by Ganbold (in Mongolian), edit the text of web forms through emacsclient. A few –increasingly rare– times, I have music playing in the background, or an mplayer window in desktop 4 connected to a live radio stream. But that’s, uhm, “all”…

    Sometimes, I’m really amazed at the amount of “stuff” that can fit in a laptop monitor running 2-3 virtual desktops :)

  3. Michael Iatrou

    Interesting, here is my list:

    * A konsole with ten tabs, three of them running screen(1) with 3-7 windows each.
    * Firefox with 46 tabs (usually 30-60)
    * KMail (MUA)
    * Akregator (RSS reader)
    * Kontact (PIM)
    * Kopete (MSN/Jabber/ICQ – offline at the moment)
    * Skype (IM – offline)
    * xchat (IRC – offline)
    * gkrellm (system monitoring)

    Usually, I also have a kpdf/acroread around, but not right now :-)

  4. keramida Post author

    Ah, I see it now. xterm = konsole for me, firefox/sage = akregator, emacs/bbdb = kontact, emacs/erc (or irssi, but less often) = xchat, and I’m not using skype, so there’s definitely a slightly big grain of truth in what you wrote about Emacs and me :-)

  5. ndemou

    OK maybe my disorder is lighter (I’ve decreased my virtual desktops to just three) but does anyone else have the feeling that even at peak performance one can’t cope with the bandwidth of information coming from the Internet?

    In my case I don’t even have time to read everything that seems *really* interesting anymore. In the past I’ve used to keep info in a buffer until I had time to deal with it, thinking that it’s only transients of info that I can’t cope with. Now after many “buffer overflows” I know that’s not the case :)
    Anyway I’ve give up on trying to carefully read all that is interesting and I’m now looking for ways I can get a glimpse of the data and archive things that seem interesting in a easily searchable place (a low bandwidth memory extension for my mind really :)

  6. keramida Post author

    My ~/readq/ folder tends to grow out of bounds too. I don’t really have the time to read as much as I would like to anymore :(

  7. ndemou

    so since you suffer from the same disease have you considered/tried any cure?
    (In my case whatever I have tried hasn’t worked out and I’m now flirting with the idea of just mailing everything to a gmail account (myarchive@gmail.com). This way I can both easily archive info and easily search and access this info no matter where I am)

  8. keramida Post author

    Not really. I’ve just accepted the fact that my ~/readq folder will keep growing, and I move stuff out of it when I eventually read it to ~/share/doc/misc/. A regular daily backup with dump(8)/restore(8) or rsync(1) saves stuff to a small 2.5″ SATA disk connected through a SATA-USB cable, and I just try to keep reading and reading anything that seems interesting :)

  9. ndemou

    OK but when you vaguely remember something and want to locate it what tool can scan all this mess of txts, emails in 100 types of encoding, pdfs, docs, odts, htmls locate relevant snippets of text and present them to you? I haven’t found something that works as good and as fast as googling a gmail account (whoops I’m beginning to talk as a salesman)

  10. keramida Post author

    Niko, It sounds like what you want is Google’s “Desktop search” :)

    I don’t use something like this so far. Mostly because it’s not available as a “port/package” for FreeBSD. I’m sure if it was easy to install and keep up-to-date, I would use it all the time. If it was integrated to XFCE-4 (my main desktop the last few years), I’d be badly hooked already.

  11. ndemou

    would be perfect if not from the fact that my personal computer time is split between two PCs. So half my files are here and half are there. For some time I’ve tried working just in one PC (that is when away I would connect remotely) but it failed miserably (ssh-ing to servers is one thing, your desktop is another).
    When I’ll find this mythical thing called “Enough Free Time” I’m gonna build an app where I would drag files, http links, emails and text snippets and they would all be emailed to a gmail account (the toughest part is over — I’ve decided about the name: “BitSucker” :P)

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