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It's so fast!!

Now, if only there was a way to browse Reddit and HN using 'tin' or 'nn'.




I have too many projects, one that I shelved was "Reddit-as-a-filesystem", because I was messing around with Dokany [1] at the time.

The same kind of thinking (Reddit->FUSE->Files) could be applied to a Reddit -> Gopher proxy. To reduce the cost of the project, I'd make it self-host the Gopher server on the user's PC and make the API calls from there, rather than setting up gopher-hackernews.xyz:70

My gut feeling is that the slowest part of this would be the API call to HN [2] or Reddit [3].

[2]: https://github.com/HackerNews/API

[3]: https://www.reddit.com/dev/api

[1]: https://github.com/dokan-dev/dokany


Instead of using API calls for user navigation, you can keep a synchronized local mirror of whatever subreddits the user is interested in.

I have a repository somewhere with a thing that does that, through Reddit's .json URLs, mirroring subreddits into Git repositories full of JSON files, and then serving a minimal local web interface with real time updates. I'll make a note to clean it up and publish it...


That's a very clever idea.

I've been playing with FreeBSD's ports system this afternoon. There's something to be said for using the filesystem instead of a database, API calls or whatever.




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