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Posted by Luhmann
Jul 27, 2019 at 04:21 AM

 

I liked this essay a lot. Fits with my philosophy as well, although I don’t use the apps he uses (except Ulysses):

“Software that’s speedy usually means it’s focused. Like a good tool, it often means that it’s simple, but that’s not necessarily true. Speed in software is probably the most valuable, least valued asset. To me, speedy software is the difference between an application smoothly integrating into your life, and one called upon with great reluctance. Fastness in software is like great margins in a book — makes you smile without necessarily knowing why.”

https://craigmod.com/essays/fast_software/

 


Posted by Hugh
Jul 27, 2019 at 08:24 AM

 

“Unbloat” - a word new to me, but one which promises to be useful (and which also led me to discover another word with potential: “debloat”). Thank you.

 


Posted by Jeffery Smith
Jul 27, 2019 at 03:37 PM

 

What I so disliked about Windows taking over is that I no longer had supported apps in MS DOS. I used the blazingly fast XyWrite IV for word processing, MaxThink and GrandView for outlining, Symantec’s Q&A for storing structured data, and askSam for freeform data.

 


Posted by Amontillado
Jul 27, 2019 at 08:14 PM

 

“Performant” was new to me, too. Also new to Merriam-Webster, but I see it has some traction as jargon.

Unbloat or debloat both convey meaning very performantly, I think.


Hugh wrote:
“Unbloat” - a word new to me, but one which promises to be useful (and
>which also led me to discover another word with potential: “debloat”).
>Thank you.

 


Posted by Pierre Paul Landry
Jul 27, 2019 at 09:38 PM

 

Jeffery Smith wrote:
> What I so disliked about Windows taking over is that I no longer had supported apps in MS DOS. I used the blazingly fast XyWrite IV for word processing, MaxThink and GrandView for outlining, Symantec’s Q&A for storing structured data, and askSam for freeform data.

I can’t say for these specific ones (except GrandView), but some MS DOS apps can still run under Windows 10:
https://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-run-old-dos-programs-in-windows-10
GrandView in Windows thread here: https://www.outlinersoftware.com/topics/viewt/6291/0/grandview-for-windows-v1

Much less can be said about Apple and it’s ever changing and incompatible processors… Motorola > PowerPC > Intel x86 and soon perhaps ARM. Each time users had to buy new software.

Pierre

 


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