Thinking (somewhat abstractly) about the logistics of creating a printed server — an internet-connected set-up that writes to inert physical media (possibly paper), with a "reader" mechanism that only powers up when it receives a request and powers back down again once it's served the requested file.
I'm also wondering how you could make the receiving end as inert as possible.
In other words, you send a request, and get back the requested data. How could you device display that data with minimal energy use?
In other, other words, to display a web page, a monitor has to constantly consume energy. How could you rig a system that uses energy to write to a rewrite-able surface so that the data stays displayed without that constant energy use? Like an Etch-a-Sketch screen.
Now I'm daydreaming about how to optimize social media for e-ink, and wondering if that even makes sense. Maybe the underlying ideological assumptions of social media and low-impact technology are simply inimical to one another.
yesterday I saw a post from someone who would like a Tinder-like client for the Fediverse, where the direction you swipe into controls liking, boosting, replying and ignoring. I feel like such an interface could work for an #eInk device too, since it'd not be that dissimilar to just reading pages of an e-book.
- most fediverse software lets you subscribe to public posts via rss, so I do that for some people
- I also automatically scrape a few phlogs, blogs, and emails from one inbox.
- the feeds get parsed in to markdown files, some of which get converted to epub and dropped on my ebook reader, some of which get queued for printing.
- this allows me to consume social media offline first.
@lrhodes bitlbee is a nice interface to twitter that renders it as text, which is antithetical to all the ads and ‘in case you missed it’ etc
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