Geert Lovink on Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:32:12 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> War on GUI-ism: United we stand.

(via jesis)

War on GUI-ism: United we stand.
When we turn away from our text console and look around how the vast majority of the society uses their calculation machines, we will find that GUI-ism has already established  solid roots in our society.
Computers that are not infected with GUIs have become rare and the decline of our society seems unavoidable. But let us not give up hope in the darkness of these days. There is definitely light in sight if we stand together:
-- We must write more commandline interfaces for our programs, more configuration file parsers (such as We must write more easy-to-use tools to produce text forms.
-- We must force these GUI-ists to write their resumes, letters, dissertations, etc. in latex or plain ASCII format.
-- We must use emacs, pico and vi.
-- We must use ssh and  scp instead of newfangled web-browsers. Why not developing a communication infrastructure based on emacs info-language?
-- Whenever a program has a text interface, we must use it. At least, we should use short-cuts instead of mouse clicks.
-- We must ask software salesmen questions like: "You don't want to sell me a program with a GUI, do you?

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