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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Old news but I enjoyed it
by tanishaj on Mon 9th Jan 2012 22:34 UTC
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2010-12-22

In general, I do not like old re-posted news. I had not seen this article though and did enjoy reading it along with my Chinese food.

I would have to say TCP/IP is more important but I have not used NFS or Java a all this week. I used 'vi' (well vim) twice this morning.

EDIT: I realize that Bill Joy did not invent TCP/IP. He is credited with writing the BSD implementation though and this code may have worked it's way into Windows.

Edited 2012-01-09 22:38 UTC

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