I’ve been thinking a lot about various creative reactions to the absurdity that we all carry supercomputers in our pocket but have to keep upgrading even to retain functionality because software gets worse and surveillance gets more pervasive

Things like low-power computing (Rpi and friends, microcomputers, retro computing, etc), some of the solarpunk stuff, the “smolnet” (Gopher and Gemini and the like), and so on seem to be interesting ways of highlighting that things could be other than they are

Is there an umbrella term for this? Is someone collecting projects that relate to “computing designed to work well even with low-performance/low-power gear”?

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@calcifer I like minimal computing, even though it is not an umbrella term (it has potential though). It comes from this project: go-dh.github.io/mincomp/about/

I also really like @neauoire 's suggestion of As Little Technology As Possible.

@l03s @calcifer @neauoire Just the other day, I saw 'heirloom computing' mentioned as both a term and a way to approach the concept in practice.

https://thedorkweb.substack.com/p/the-100-year-computer

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