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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This from 2003
by cmchittom on Mon 9th Jan 2012 17:13 UTC
cmchittom
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2011-03-18

Woo! A (more than) seven-year-old interview largely quoting remarks made thirteen years ago!

"OS," sure. "News," not so much.

Edited 2012-01-09 17:15 UTC

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RE: This from 2003
by Drumhellar on Mon 9th Jan 2012 18:21 in reply to "This from 2003"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Woo! A (more than) seven-year-old interview largely quoting remarks made thirteen years ago!

"OS," sure. "News," not so much.


WAAAAAAAH!
WAAAAAAAH!
WAAAAAAAH!

Since I hadn't read this article, and I have never even been to the Reg's front page, I would never have read this. But, it got posted here. Today. So I read it.
I've got nothing to complain about.

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v RE[2]: This from 2003
by cmchittom on Mon 9th Jan 2012 20:20 in reply to "RE: This from 2003"
RE: This from 2003
by David on Mon 9th Jan 2012 18:54 in reply to "This from 2003"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

I'm sorry for distracting you from all of the more up-to-date and timely Bill Joy/vi news.

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RE[2]: This from 2003
by brynet on Mon 9th Jan 2012 19:11 in reply to "RE: This from 2003"
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2010-03-02

Nobody really uses his implementation anymore, BSD's tend to ship with nvi and GNU-land likes ln vim emacs.

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RE: This from 2003
by Laurence on Wed 11th Jan 2012 12:02 in reply to "This from 2003"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Woo! A (more than) seven-year-old interview largely quoting remarks made thirteen years ago!

"OS," sure. "News," not so much.

This story has recently had a revival on a number of news sites, not least Hacker News.

If you have a problem with old stories getting bumped, then perhaps you should take it up with the rest of the internet.

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