RE: Worse is Better.

I'm not a real doofus, but I play one at a national laboratory. (
Sun, 25 Aug 1996 15:33:06 -0500 (CDT)

> ... A correct user program, then, had to check the error code
> to determine whether to simply try the system routine again. The MIT guy
> did not like this solution because it was not the right thing. ...

That probably explains the following excerpt from an MIT job ad, years back:

Applicants must also have extensive knowledge of UNIX, although
they should have sufficiently good programming taste to not
consider this an achievement.

Wayne "It takes a hungry man to eat a tough chicken" Baisley

P.S. And prior to Windows (not to mention Java or ActiveX), some used to say:

UNIX: the only computer virus with a user interface, such as it is.