surf a slow internet connection like a boss
Lifehacker.com recently published an article on how and why you should set up a secondary browser for slower connections. The article starts with the premise that, these days, you are often on your laptop, but are connected to a slow connection, whether it be via badly configured wifi, overloaded wifi, or tethered to a 3G connection. Lifehacker suggests that rather than optimising your browser for a slow connection when this happens, you should have a secondary browser set up and ready for such situations. A damn good idea, I must say. However, then they go on to set out how to set up Opera for efficient slow speed browsing. However, they fail to mention the obvious choice in such situations – lynx. Lynx is, by definition, already optimised for slow connections – no mucking round – just download and go.
what is lynx?
Lynx is a text only browser developed by the University of Kansas, and is often used by the visually impaired, as its text only focus makes it easy to run the output through a text to speech application. Lynx is fast because it strips out all graphical elements and only displays text. Why, you may ask, would you want a browser that does not display images or videos? Well, I would retort, because you’re on a slow-ass connection, and in those situations, you are most often forced into a situation of surfing for essentials, and therefore text should be sufficient for most purposes. You can wait until you get home to catch up on the latest lolcats videos. Lynx is perfect for that.
lynx is cross-platform
Lynx works on Windows, Mac, Linux and most other unix-like operating systems. You can download it from here. It is, of course, free.
using lynx like a boss
If after using Lynx for a while, you fall in love with it, how about using it to play youtube videos in ascii – check out this page for a howto on that. If you like the idea of playing videos in ascii art in general, check out this howto.