Sometimes the world wide web frustrates me. Like just now when I reached the end of the content. For a couple hours there I was doing really good. I had my three browser windows open, each about 800×600, one int the upper-left hand corner of my screen, one in the lower-right, and one in the middle. A corner screen is always “primary” from which I drag links into the other windows to read after they’ve loaded and I’ve finished reading whatever gave me the link in the first place. When the web is really treating me well, I have to keep hitting ‘New Window’ and then more windows tile up between the upper-left and lower-right extremes, and sometimes long articles end up minimized to be read later. I can flip back and forth between articles or blogs, reading one entry here and one entry there that relates to it, and sometimes I’ll read a enws article and do a couple of quick google searches on topics or companies mentioned in the article. Some days, between the few sites I check regularly I can go like this all day, almost dreading the end of the workday when my chain of data finally has to break down.
Today I was done by 9:10AM. Even being interrupted by calls. There just weren’t enough updates over the weekend. Just not enough links. I ran out of web. In a few hours, I may try again, see if any blogs have been updated, see what they’ve linked to, but chances are I won’t need more than two windows at most to handle all the data. Nothing like real surfing, where there’s so much data coming down the pipe that it has to wait for me instead of the other way around.
Sometimes I read science fiction like Snow Crash where there is so much information available online that it can’t even be represented strictly in 2D anymore, where only a select few (millions) have the experience to be able to interpret and handle the intensity of information without it being reidiculously simplified for them, and I know I would be like a duck in water. Someday I hope to experience something like the Metaverse. I may need to build it myself.