[FoRK] What do you think of my http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/24/google-chromecast/
sdw at lig.net
Thu Jul 25 09:37:23 PDT 2013
On 7/24/13 11:05 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
> On 7/24/2013 10:54 PM, Ken Meltsner wrote:
>> didn't miss the boat. Everything was a byte-stream file so you didn't need
>> to force extensions.
> Well then, they should have enforced a app mapping based on the first four bytes. Shebang was a weak implementation of that.
> Not casting blame -- hindsight is very cheap. But if only...
I used VaxOS, some embedded DEC OS (RSTos etc.?), CPM and MPM8/16, DOS, Win1, and Version 7 Unix all at once. (Nobody from that
era seems to exist anymore, or they are hiding from the Internet. It is very strange. It was only 29 years ago.) Then a short
time later SysV5.2. The VAX was awful in just about every way. Super slow to start a process, terrible scripting language
(terrible subshell support, etc.), the file format/typing/conversion thing was a pain all the time, etc. The verbose command
arguments were incomplete, not well thought out, and a terrible pain.
Unix was immediately recognizable as a consistent, simple, powerful, fast, fun environment. There was no comparison.
Everything was instant. You could figure things out by experimenting, looking around, and reading a few online man pages.
Pretty much the definition of an ideal environment, even then.
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