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."
Thread beginning with comment 502829
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: This from 2003
by Laurence on Wed 11th Jan 2012 12:02 UTC 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.

Reply Parent Score: 2