1990s:
Run GNU/Linux and XFree86 on a 80386 with merely 2 MB RAM

2020s:
Having 32 GB RAM and the web browser is still super laggy
@julienxx

@wzqtparor @julienxx install sqlite3, then:
$ for i in *.sqlite; do echo "vacuum;" | sqlite3 $i ; done

or:
for f in ~/.mozilla/firefox/*/*.sqlite; do sqlite3 $f "vacuum; ; done

it will compress the firefox database.
Also in the about:preferences#privacy section you can empty the cache and cookies.

@wzqtparor @julienxx
you forgot 2010s:
let's make small 10" laptops with Atom CPUs - just for web browsing, that shouldn't need much power - and call them "netbooks"

@wowaname @julienxx @wzqtparor
I had one, I loved the form factor and the keyboard layout, but having to choose between running Firefox *or* Thunderbird at any particular time wasn't fun...

And then its HDD died. And when I tried to replace it, I somehow managed to fry both the internal power circuits and the external power supply at the same time.

@wolf480pl you sound like management. My mate is a manager and manages to kill gear in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways. Sometimes without even doing anything 😆

@wowaname @julienxx @wzqtparor

@wowaname I still have my NB300 Toshiba, that thing is a little beast. I specced it up to 2GB ram, originally had 1GB 🤦‍♂️
Of course, it now has Manjaro on it.

@julienxx @wolf480pl @wzqtparor

@ronane oui mais bon, il y a bien des projets de browser dans le cloud de nos jours alors pourquoi pas 😀

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@julienxx I thought it was serious at the beginning. It's only with "emoji cache" that I understood.

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@julienxx @bortzmeyer At this rate the future might as well be "cloud browsers", and this one is sadly real: mightyapp.com/

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@bortzmeyer @julienxx It will happen. I mean… just check the news over the last years - who would have guessed o0

(Also: Where is my hoverboard?)

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@bortzmeyer @julienxx

NIST standard minion meme collection!

@julienxx
"@_Ninji spent far too much time on this"

*breathes a sigh of relief

@julienxx Please tell me this is a joke. Really, if this is a real thing it's truly time to get rid of my computers and take up residency in a dark cave.

@loke @julienxx I'll join you if this turns out to be not an Aprils fool.

@_xhr_ @loke @julienxx

The "Seguri Dad" is a giveaway.

The thing is, something like this isn't a *terrible* idea. Web browsers are both extremely resource intensive and huge attack surfaces so it kind of makes sense to put it on a separate computer with very limited access to your main one.

(Note: the need for something like this *is* terrible.)

@julienxx Nothing says "future" like desktop apps that basically run on something based on Chromium.

@meisam @Ninji I doubt it, saw the pic out of context so must be a twitter handle

@julienxx if you printed this on typical magazine paper and just made a photo i would actually believe that this is real

@julienxx Of all the images on the internet this one makes me feel most conflicted.

It makes me want to laugh and cry, but most importantly it makes me hate how much I want it so that I can use some of my computer for actual work instead of burning CPU on Slack causing shitloads of fucking latency on the low-resource applications I actually *want* to use.

@mgdm “putting out fires with gasoline” comes to mind.

@julienxx isn't this basically what custom silicon does?

@kai @julienxx
Yes+No ("Jein" in German) - custom silicon is made for precisely defined algorithms - e. g. calculating beams of a multi-directional radio antenna or encrypt/decrypt messages or make numerical simulations on environmental settings. (Few formulas, lots of data).

Web browsing, in contrast, means (nowadays) executing any arbitrary JS program which all those guys put onto the web. /If/ you wanted that more efficient, /they/ should program the app directly in C/C++/...

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@kai @julienxx
Of course programming languages and maybe even the whole hardware designs could learn from today's web. (Which makes the original graphic so interesting). But then it wouldn't be custom silicon, then it would be a complete system change.

But me personally, I would really think twice whether to use/adopt this if it would come around tomorrow - this would be computers far distant from locally-interfacing, locally holding data. They were nothing more than boring web endpoints.

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@jbechtel @kai in case it wasn’t obvious this was a joke about web browsing requiring too much resources for essentially text and images 😅

@julienxx @kai @Polychrome

Like Polychrome (in CC) - you can never be sure 🙂

I fully agree with you that web pages have become too heavy. A very impressive example is twitter <-> nitter.

@julienxx do you update it for every new HTML standard that comes in? That will be expensive.

@sasha_sorokin yeah until the blockchain folks find a use for it and we can't get a good card without selling a kidney

@julienxx This is a joke I assume, sometimes it's hard to tell.

@julienxx I just hope that this is a some kind of joke here :-))). On the other hand, it looks like a very good idea to get this bloated web growing into even more insanity :-). #gemini is a way to go ... not this crap called #www

@julienxx this is too real. There's a startup doing something like this and I don't remember what it's called.

@julienxx amazing! Can't wait to finally be able to have 2 browser tabs open at the SAME TIME!

@julienxx build it for companies using salesforce and it'll sell like hotcakes

@julienxx would legitimately take this over that Mighty thing.

@julienxx I hate that someone is probably looking at this like "hmmm... i bet we could sell this in our next device"

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