Bryan Lunduke Sucks & You Should Listen To Him
Posted Jun 23, 2017 by Liggysmalls
While that headline certainly is sensational if you have ever heard Bryan Lunduke's presentations you would agree it was the only reasonable option. For those of you who aren't familiar with the work of Bryan Lunduke it's not easy to summarize. Bryan seems like a smart, well adjusted man with logical opinions on many aspects of technology yet in his most famous of presentations he prominently exclaims "Linux Sucks". In one of his most recent videos on YouTube Mr. Lunduke is at it again with yet another provocative presentation entitled "The World Wide Web Sucks" and I think he's right.
I will admit it right away, I have been a fan of what Bryan has had to say over the years. His insights into Linux, online privacy, the internet of things and the general state of technology are views that I tend to share more often than not. With this latest video Bryan seems to be in my head yet again as he talks about what the web has evolved to become and the things we have lost along the way. This topic in particular touches on something that's been on my mind for the last year or so, have developers across the board become lazy? Before you punch me in the face hear me out and keep in mind I include myself as a guilty party in this epidemic.
About six months ago I spent around a week working on my laptop which isn't a particularly powerful machine and it got me to thinking. I was wondering if I might actually be able to do my day to day work on a small and power efficient computer like a Raspberry Pi or the like. Having a few development boards here in my office I started to experiment and discovered I just couldn't quite pull this off and that honestly struck me as odd. The most powerful SBC I had on hand to try out was an ODROID-C2 which features a quad core 1.5 GHz processor, 2 GB or memory and eMMC storage which is reasonably fast. How could this little machine with it's respectable amount of power come close yet not really be capable of running a modern web browser quickly with room to spare? This is when it really started to sink in, the feeling I had lingering in the back of my mind was somehow substantiated with this exercise.
Like most individuals of a certain age I can remember vividly what it was like browsing the web of last century. Sure we might not have had great multimedia, CSS driven design wasn't widespread and our displays were much smaller leading to smaller images BUT; we also had single core Pentium processors under 200 MHz and 128 MB of memory to work with. I did some digging to find some ballpark benchmarks to try and make some comparisons between the hardware of today and systems from the late 1990s, don't put much stock in these figures and consider them rough at best. Over at Geekbench I managed to drum up some numbers for a Compaq Proliant ML350 from around the turn of the century. This system was sporting a 1 GHz Pentium III processor with 1 GB of memory and posted a score of 303 in Geekbench 2. Next stop, something somewhat modern. I opted to go with a really modest system from the modern era, something we wouldn't even consider to be fast by any definition. Sticking with the previous theme I found this Compaq 6200 Pro SFF PC featuring a Core i3-2100 dual core processor running at 3.08 GHz with a modest 8 GB of memory. This bottom of the barrel (worth about $50 on eBay) machine posted a score of 6,443 under Geekbench 2! You can check out the side by side comparison on Geekbench right here.
Next time Bryan, next time.