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I'm sticking to falling off my windsurf - whenever some jet-ski tw@t comes past within a few feet, totally oblivious of the wake they are creating!
Wind is the only 'proper' propulsion method on water. Nothing beats the feeling of being propelled, (for free) without noise and pollution. Especially on a calm, warm sea, with a moderate and predictable wind. Need a holiday!
long time sailor here - wind is the way to go. Still you have to admit they are pretty cool.
I once saw a jet ski sink a very expensive power boat. He was out in the water doing donuts, loops all sorts of crazy stuff without paying attention. He smacked into the corner of the motionless power boat setting up to pull some skiers. Within 2 minutes the boat was at the bottom of the lake. Owner had the forsight to tier a life jacket to the bow rope. They managed to get it out of the water....
<italic>Stuck in a dysfunctional matrix from which I must escape...
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." B. Franklin, 1783
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759
Grind a tiger shark instead, that should keep things interesting.
"the debugger doesn't tell me anything because this code compiles just fine" - random QA comment
"Facebook is where you tell lies to your friends. Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers." - chriselst
"I don't drink any more... then again, I don't drink any less." - Mike Mullikins uncle
Remember the Lynx web browser? It let you browse the web on a TTY, or maybe more realisticly: from a text-only based command shell. It was The Solution for visually challenged users who could browse the internet on a braille line terminal.
In the 1990s, there was a general demand that information on the internet must be available to users without graphic capabilites. Publishing a picture without an "alt" attribute was a shame. With the predecessor of HTTP, Gopher (the majority of computer guys nowadays don't know how much HTTP builds on the Gopher protocol; they think HTTP came out of nothing!), pictures was a special case and text was the default. In the first years of HTTP (/HTML), the expectations were at the same level. Text-only browsing was perfectly fine, even with a 28.8 kbps modem on an analog phone line. ISDN with 2*64 kbps was described as a "broadband" offering.
I am surprised to read in Wikipedia that a preview of Lynx 2.9.0 was released in February! So it is still alive. I can't imagine that any large fraction of today's web pages make much sense in ASCII-only format, though!
One major sales point for ISDN in the 1990s, here in Norway, was that you could surf and use your telephone at the same time. Of course that would reduce your bit rate from 128 kbps to 64 kbps for the surfing, but there was little grapics and no video on the web at that time. With little but text, small icons and graphic effects made by HTML (separator lines, frames etc.), 64 kbps was enough.
Especially when your old connection was 9.6 kbps. BBSs became popular before faster modems were available (at least at a low price), and before the early comers were ready to upgrade their modems, ISDN became available. There were some 28.8 owners, but even for them, single channel ISDN more than doubled their speed. So people were certainly not complaining.
From what I recall, there were many places where ISDN didn't gain traction. It wasn't marketed well and was rather expensive. Modem speeds were constantly improving, and you could just get a second phone line if tying up the first one was a concern.