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.

Watch Bryan Lunduke Explain Why The World Wide Web Sucks

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.

Now as I clearly stated these numbers are not to be trusted for any real science but for the sake of argument only. Is the web we browse today 20 times more complex when compared to the web in the year 2000? I don't know exactly how we can quantify this but I have managed to jump to my own conclusions about what is really going on here and they are very similar to the conclusions Bryan Lunduke arrived at. Web developers, browser developers and those who dictate web standards should flat out be ashamed of themselves! We were all handed a gift of massive computing power and buckets of cheap memory and all we managed to do was waste it and we didn't even do anything useful. All of your smooth animations and transitions, client side JavaScript that does little more than provide invasive tracking for massive marketing companies, DRM protected content and a never-ending cycle of poorly defined and governed standards put us where we are today. The horrible state of the web itself is only outdone by the horribly inefficient browser software we are mindlessly supporting, Bryan does a great job in his video of illustrating just how much power it takes to drive a modern web browser and frankly it's appalling.

So how do we fix it? That's a question for much smarter people to answer, smarter than I at least. One thing I think we could all do is use our voice to try to influence those stealing our efficiency and try to end this cycle of spoiled developers making wasteful choices. Do you run your own website? Maybe you could make some better choices like ditching Google Analytics or moving away from Wordpress to trim the fat. When I started writing this post a few days ago I planned to blast Bryan Lunduke for his Wordpress based blog. Again it seems as though Mr. Lunduke has found his way into my mind and just launched a redesigned site which is based on simple HTML and employs very little JavaScript very similar to how I created Antechquated.com.

Next time Bryan, next time.

You can visit Bryan Lunduke's website at Lunduke.com and don't forget to subscribe to his YouTube Channel as well, it's good content worth consuming.