Quote - May 1, 2020

Today, I read through the January 2020 post by LOW←TECH MAGAZINE, titled How Sustainable is a Solar Powered Website?.

It's a fascinatingly detailed follow-up to their September 2018 post, titled How to Build a Low-tech Website?.

The about page for solar.lowtechmagazine.com also contains a lot of good information about its solar-powered website.

I like this quote from the January 2020 post.

... our website has the potential to increase the life expectancy of computers, because it’s light enough to be accessed with very old machines.

Bloated websites, like toledoblade.com, are environmentally unfriendly.

The next sentence in that 2020 post was this.

Unfortunately, our website alone will not make people use their computers for longer.

People upgrade or buy new computers for many reasons. It's pathetic that today, the unnecessarily bloated front-ends of websites are obsoleting hardware, operating systems, and web browsers. Websites are doing this.

I can understand WEB APPS, meant for internal usage within companies, requiring everyone to use the same version of the same web browser and forcing users to be current with their hardware and the operating system. The computing environment can be controlled within a company.

But in public land, some people use gadgets until they stop functioning. These users might be using "old" low-resolution display screens. Their computer CPUs could be "slow" by today's standards because their computers, whatever the device, are older than three-years-old.

I'm still using an iPhone 5C as my main phone. I acquired this phone in the summer of 2014. Apple introduced the 5C in the fall of 2013. In the summer of 2014, the phone came with iOS 7.x. I upgraded the OS only once. My phone currently runs iOS 8.x.

I don't download and install apps because the phone came with the Safari web browser. I'm one of the few who prefer to use websites over native mobile apps.

Most of the time, I read the web with JavaScript disabled globally within Safari on my old iPhone. But sometimes even with JavaScript enabled, websites don't work because the sites are using JavaScript that's too new for my old version of Safari.

I can understand a LARGE native application on a DESKTOP computer or on a SERVER obsoleting hardware and operating systems, but websites, especially websites that are meant to be READ by browsing-only users should never require new upgrades to newer HARDWARE and operating systems.

It's hilarious that Dave Winer's homepage at scripting.com displays no content on my old iPhone, even with JavaScript ENABLED. But the beauty of maintaining personal websites is that the authors can make their websites as complicated as they desire. Or as environmentally-unfriendly as they desire.

Oooo, eco-shaming.