maybe I sould revisit the idea of writing desktop applications

wouldn't mind an *offline* reader (eg like back in the bbs days)

not sure about the world of guis and ide's though... where to start

I guess maybe I should just start by looking up stuff about how to talk to X .. from what I've seen its just text (some kind of markup language) so probably not that hard.

sure a lot of things nowdays just use a web brower browser engine but would prefer NOT to do that atm (not until they demystify those build systems!)