Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Rub a YubNub

Remember the command line interface to the operating system? In response to a caret one would type a command like this:
> dir *.*
The operating system would respond with a listing of all the files in a directory. Then came the graphical user interface (GUI) popularized by Macintosh and taken to the bank by MS Windows. Web browswers are a graphic user interface to the World Wide Web (WWW).

But what if we reconceptualize the WWW not as a collection of pages and applications, but as an operating system. Wouldn't it be cool to have a command line interface to the WWW operating system? Well now there is . . . YubNub. It allows you to type in a command line like:
tec "disordered cogitations''

which searches technorati for blog references to disordered cogitations. So now with the command line interface, I don't have to surf from site to site, I can interact with my favorite places (like amazon, wikipedia, ebay, google, yahoo, etc.) from one place with simple english-like commands, with none of the traditional complicated pointing and clicking nonsense found in the browser..

Hi acadac - Thanks for the enthusiastic yubnub post!
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