Yesterday while executing Firefox I noticed a popup at the bottom of my screen with a new feature called Graphical Command Line Interface (GCLI) with the following message:
“GCLI is an experiment to create a highly usable command line for web developers. For a list of commands type help, or to show/hide command hints press F1/Escape.”
And sure enough there was a command line where commands could be executed from the browser.
I immediately had a flashback to my earlier days with operating systems such as DOS where you had a blank screen staring at you with a lone prompt. It took time to learn how to use a command line interface and this will likely be the same.
There are quite a few instances where the removal of individual freedom through tightening system constraints and the removal of the user form the system have been noted. One example that comes to mind is Douglas Rushkoff’s “Program or Be Programmed” and more recently I discovered an interesting slide deck at Cypherpunks titled “Trusted Computing Platform Alliance: The Mother(board) of all Big Brothers”.
Going against this trend of tightening system controls and removal of individual freedom through technological constraints could be an interesting strategy for Mozilla as it would further set them apart. It seems that many people are switching to Chrome but I haven’t been able to make that switch. I have been a long time Firefox user and really just like the look and feel. Plus I haven’t experienced many of the benefits that are touted with Chrome and the advantage, or perceived advantage is not self-evident to me at this point.
Interested to hear if anyone reading this has received a GCLI message and if so have you figured out any interesting uses for it yet?
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