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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vi should be in every technician's tollbox
by tingo on Mon 9th Jan 2012 23:03 UTC
tingo
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2007-10-13

Ah, vi. Hard to learn, but good to know. Even today, vi exists on most systems. Only some of the embedded stuff (mobile phones) has exchanged it for nano or some other newfangled stuff.

Edited 2012-01-09 23:04 UTC

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Ah, vi. Hard to learn, but good to know.

A hard Editor is good to find. (Banana jokes deferred.)

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