Let's just get this out of the way at the beginning: when it comes to certain things, I'm a dinosaur. I like manual transmissions. I like black coffee. I like pants that fit securely about my waist. And when it comes to computing, I like using native applications and I like working in terminals. I like reading plain text, typing commands, and using simple text-mode interfaces. It's just my preference. Some people wear plaid and eat head cheese, go figure.
Something else I like is to occasionally interact with intelligent people, and engage in interesting discussions online. And, I also visit Reddit.
I don't remember exactly when I started reading Reddit. I think I landed there from a search result for something technical, then I just started looking around from there. However it happened, Reddit eventually sucked me in. I sort of have this like/hate relationship with Reddit. The community and quality of conversation varies wildly from subreddit to subreddit, and finding the good stuff is like looking for a ruby in a mountain of rocks (to invoke a Meat Loaf-ism). When you find it, it's awesome. You just have to do a lot of digging to get there.
But the biggest problem I have with Reddit is that the web interface is annoyingly inconsistent, changing in look and feel as you browse from one moderator-themed subreddit to the next. That visual noise, coupled with the fact that a) I generally don't want to touch the mouse, and b) the site looks and works like ass in a text-mode browser, generally limited Reddit's usefulness to me. Until I discovered rtv.
rtv (Reddit Terminal Viewer) is an awesome terminal application by a software engineer named Michael Lazar. The purpose of
rtv makes Reddit readable (for me, anyway).
And yesterday, Reddit quite suddenly made a change to their API that broke rtv bad. The change effectively rendered the application useless. And for that, I would like to sincerely thank them.
You see, I realize that Reddit has become more and more of productivity-sucking time sink in my life. And much of that is due to
rtv being such an amazingly usable program that I can tolerate reading Reddit at all. It's so good, I actually can't visit Reddit in a browser anymore, The normal Reddit experience sucks that bad.
So that's it for me and Reddit, I guess. I'm sure Michael Lazar is busy pushing a patch to Github to fix the breakage, but I install
rtv with my package manager. It will be a little while (even running Debian Sid) before an updated package hits the repos. Maybe that time away will remind me that I have better things to do with my life than read tired Linux memes and look at riced desktop UIs.
Thank you, Reddit. Really.