Linked by David Adams on Mon 9th Jan 2012 16:46 UTC
Features, Office In an enlightening article about the origin of the venerable vi text editor, Bill Joy reminds us that its quirks and qualities are all about the computing reality back in the 1970s: "you've got to remember that I was trying to make it usable over a 300 baud modem. That's also the reason you have all these funny commands. It just barely worked to use a screen editor over a modem. It was just barely fast enough. A 1200 baud modem was an upgrade."
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RE[2]: This from 2003
by brynet on Mon 9th Jan 2012 19:11 UTC in reply to "RE: This from 2003"
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Nobody really uses his implementation anymore, BSD's tend to ship with nvi and GNU-land likes ln vim emacs.

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