text browser PCs? All Hail Lynx!!!
C. W. Tazewell
cwt at exis.net
Tue Oct 8 13:27:21 EDT 1996
I second Miriam's comment!
I use an old XT without a hard disk for management of The
Hampton Roads Central Library, and for most other Internet
functions. I use Lynx, Pico, Pine and FTP. They normally
come with a shell account. I use a 2400-baud modem and an
old amber monitor.
I have a 486DX with 14.4 modem that I seldom use.
There are a surprising number of Internet users that are
on networks, etc., where only text service is available. And,
a shell account is easier, simpler, and quicker. You can even
add graphics on a web page using any word or text processor -
they are just files.
There are some high schools that use text-based service to
avoid the problem of students and questionable graphics. These
students get the "meat" of most WWW sites without the "icing" of
Yes, there are are a number of locations that provide Lynx
access by telnet.
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On Mon, 7 Oct 1996, Miriam Bobkoff wrote:
> How is this patron connecting to the Net? It sounds like he must have a
> SLIP or PPP account, which--IMHO--is overkill for text needs. If he has a
> shell account with an ISP, odds are the provider is running lynx, and all
> he'd need to do is dial in and call it up. (Lynx is presumably not
> VAX-specific, because my ISP is running it on some sort of UNIX system.)
> I'll spare you my Song of Praise for Lynx, but I use my shell account
> most of the time, only bother with Netscape if I want more than verbal
> content: a satellite image, or momentarily to see what it is the rest of
> the world is seeing. Lynx is fast, flexible, does everything except the
> razzle-dazzle. And you never see the banner ads :-) .
> Miriam Bobkoff mbobkoff at rt66.com
> Santa Fe Public Library
> Miriam's Home Page http://www.rt66.com/~mbobkoff/
> The Library's http://www.rt66.com/~mbobkoff/sfpl/
> On Mon, 7 Oct 1996 sshone at dewey.pub-lib.ci.arlington.tx.us wrote:
> > Do you know of a place on the Internet where we might be able to
> > download Lynx or another text based browser for my patron. He has
> > been calling all week and I haven't been able to give him an intelligent
> > answer. Everything I read about Lynx says that it was written to use
> > on a Vax system. Does that mean that it won't work on a home PC? Or
> > is there another text based browser?? The patron has a 286 with a
> > 14.4 modem and windows 3.1. He has a black and white monitor.
> > He is really not interested in graphics. What would you suggest?
> > He really doesn't want to spend a lot of money on the old machine.
> > He is mainly interested in genealogy sites and most of these I have
> > noticed are gophers. He has not found the computer stores to be very
> > helpful. Any suggestion you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
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