Interesting offline usage.

Hi everyone, I'm a somewhat new Manjaro user and still very new to the forums. I am also young enough that the internet has always been a thing for my entire life. This lead me to thinking about just how much of my computer usage revolves around the internet. I realized that without the internet I would actually be at a loss as to what to do with my computer. If I can help it, I would like to change that, not out of a rejection of the internet, but more just not wanting to take it for granted. So I thought I would make a forum post here among others who love their computers as much as I do asking what kind of interesting things you do with your computer that don't involve the internet. There are some obvious things like playing videogames but I'm curious to hear what others do.
Maybe there isn't much left to do on computers without the internet these days. But I thought it would make for an interesting topic.

I apologize if this isn't in the right place or isn't directly related to Manjaro enough.

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Creating family videos
Buy a camera go out take some pictures in RAW, import them, play with them,show them. (I do not do this on Linux)


As a teacher there are many tasks which don't involve the internet. Creating worksheets, tests, Planning the next days/lessons, writing letters to the parents...
BUT many of these tasks are easier when using the internet. There is a good website for creating worksheets. If you need pictures for your lessons you find thousands in the internet. It is way easier to e-mail the parents than to write letters (even if it is sometimes mandatory to write a letter)...
I can remember the time when the internet was just a dream or not omnipresent. It was a good time but the truth is I don't want to miss it.


Gaming--the ability to do so--on personal computers drove so much of hardware development, it would be a shame to exclude that very major factor.

And you also need to know that, even back in '88 when I first became involved, we had modems, CiS (CompuServe), and BBSs, many with forums. Just because there was no 'Internet' per se, does not mean we did not communicate. Even back in the early '70s, a lifelong friend told me he thought that the communication potential 'computers' held would make the world a lot 'smaller' place. And so it did. For example, I fell in love with a girl--sight unseen--I met online, on AOL, back in '92, just prior to the advent of "The Internet." We fell in love with each other, never having met in person.

And we'll have been married 26 years come December.



Well i met my wife on the net same story as you really the 1st time i saw her or heard her voice was when i met her off the plane at Heathrow, We both had a shock mind you as she did not understand English and i did not understand Spanish 16 years later she teaches English and I still don't understand Spanish LOL.


For anyone whose hair isnt a shade of white or grey (or vanishing) ... BBSs are Bulletin Board Systems .. kind of like primitive forums.

When offline I use mine for media (music or movies) ... sometimes coding (if I mostly know what I'm doing ... cant lurk stackoverflow if no net) ...and yeah little time-killer games or fiddling with the system or some other project. Leave me in a locked room with a non-networked system for any length of time and I will at least figure out how to change some colors or something.


Oh I certainly wasn't trying to diminish videogames' impact or importance. I simply wanted to hear of other things since it was something I was more familiar with. The history you mention is fascinating to me. I kind of wish I were there to have seen what things were like. Also the story of you and your wife sounds very similar to a situation I am currently in right now. :slight_smile:


Nowadays media seems to be all streaming. I still buy physical media cause I like the fact that as long as I have something to play it on I'll have it forever and won't depend on anybody else for it.


Look at very old personal computer advertisements. Word processing. Making reports. Saving recipes. Playing games. Drawing pictures. Programming.

You would have to order new programs you want to install by mail however.


With the internet, many things are much easier:

  1. Collect "data"
  2. Buying
  3. Download software

Before the internet was available, the computer usage was really different compared to nowadays.
The computer was not "online".


Interesting thought. I use mine more of the time for 3d modeling and playing when not using internet (out of work). At work almost every piece of software I use run on the local server so I use internet almost only for emails (sometimes we are disconnected and I don't even notice it)


data hoarding

archiving, editing, categorizing,

reading PDFs, listening to music


I enjoy working on my bash scripting and writing services in my spare time. Learning scripting and how to write services is both challenging and rewarding.


same as before. programming, drawing, and making music


I love reading books on my laptop. Although it took me ages to set up the perfect reading environment, I enjoyed every minute of it. That and tweaking my DE are what I spent most of time on. Setting up z and fzf completely changed my whole outlook on using terminal. I literally spent hours configuring them to my satisfaction, but the result was deeply rewarding.


Yeah, but they may need the internet, especially those co-op games. Oh, and Steam account connection.

Perhaps you could disconnect your computer from the internet and then use it. You'd have no choice but to be more creative yourself to work around not being connected to it.

Get another hard drive and save your stuff on there instead of the 'cloud'. Send a few hand-written letters to some friends/family to see how they react to writing they can hold without carrying a device around or charging it up.

Get an optical drive, or better yet a turntable you can connect to your PC to play vinyl records; no downloads and no subscriptions. You have something to keep to show for your money.


Interesting suggestions. Thanks. I'll try that. :slight_smile:

care to share your dotfiles?

this used to be the only choice. if you wanted to learn about programming (which was necessary to USE the computer) you had to buy books.
Books, the original internet.


Its no unixporn-level of customization. I actually meant configuring apps for to my comfort, stuff like, pqiv, micro, mupdf, custom CSS for my ebook readers and note-taking apps.

The internet was the end of the Saturday Computer swap meets, Those things were fun. I miss the BBS days ( even though there some still around) it not the same. Troubleshooting computers back in 96 was fun, now it's boring. Computers back then was exciting, now it's just plain boring.


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