Technical Difficulties from on Top of the Mountain
2004-03-05
  Web Information Overload
I have too many windows open, and its not getting better. In fact every once in a while I loose everything when netscape crashes, and yet I am still in trouble hours or a day later. I have more than 1,200 bookmarks; and spent two hours the day before yesterday just sorting new ones that had accumulated so much that the unsorted list wouldn't fit on my overly-large screen. I discovered (by accident), that if you open more than twelve windows in Netscape, it collapses all the tabs at the bottom into one hierarchical list. Lets not talk about all the PDFs I've downloaded, including articles, newspapers, and books.

Its information overload to a serious degree. At some point you have to start drawing the line. Ok, so I found a site called "daily Kos" that has really good political analysis. But so what. Let it go. If I find it again a year from now, maybe I'll have time to read it then.

There's always been more information available then any one person could absorb. But now I can access it from my desktop, and in fact easily find closely (or sometimes not so closely) information along the lines of what I've already accessed. And it doesn't help that weblogs are ongoing and require repeated return visits to keep up with.

I feel like the chimp in The Uplift War , who because of galactic struggles quite beyond her comprehension, is suddenly granted unrestricted access to the primary planetary branch of the Galactic Library. There, on her computer, she has unfettered access to quantities of information that quickly overwhelm her (things that have long interested her, but are not critical to her immediate task). It takes great will power to turn away from those other bits of knowledge, and focus on the course at hand. Alas, at the moment, I lack that focus.

For now, its hack and slash. One step forward, two steps back. Hmmm, about this two year backlog of EE Times.

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David Brin, author of Startide Rising, The Uplift War, and other Uplift Sagas.

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Update: looks like Rick has fallen in and is trying to find his way out. Good luck rick.

 
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