How the web changed

Hossein Derakhshan writes about how reading on the web changed in the last few years and makes a ton of great observations:

The web was not envisioned as a form of television when it was invented. But, like it or not, it is rapidly resembling TV: linear, passive, programmed and inward-looking.

I’m not a huge fan of social networks myself but I understand the appeal of the Stream, as Derekhshan calls it. The web became too big, and no one was able to earn any money on RSS, not even Google, so social networks like Twitter or Facebook became the preferred way of consuming web content for many people. It is ironic, though, that his insightful article is posted on, which is itself a social network, and which is guilty of many of the faults he mentions.


I was about to write a blog post about how indifferent I became towards different text editors, and how I don’t really care anymore whether I edit code with emacs, vim, Sublime or even Atom. And then this happened:


It’s called Spacemacs and it’s a beautiful hybrid between emacs and vim, or at least it looks like it. Will explore how it works in the course of the next couple of days, i.e., no work will be done and I will spend my days playing with the configuration of a text editor.

And I thought those days were over. Silly me.

update, Sep 9: I’m back on ST3 vim with my old config. I still think Spacemacs is a great idea, it’s just a bit too bloated for my taste.