[Beowulf] Re: Religious wars

Gerry Creager gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Tue Jul 22 12:16:19 EDT 2008


Didn't EVERYONE learn c by reading K&R?  I started with joe because of 
muscle memory in my fingers for WordStar but went to vi 'cause it's 
almost everywhere.

Peter St. John wrote:
> That's a nice point; I got thrown into the deep end by a bunch of crazy 
> mathematicians in the summer of 81: C, K&R, Unix, commodities 
> forecasting. I learned vi then. So at the time there was no choice.
> 
> My first experience with emacs I can't quite date; my macsyma program 
> crashed, the OS (whatever it was, probabaly VMS on vaxen) command 
> interpreter prompt suddenly went away, and I was flabbergasted. Did I 
> just crash the DuPont Experimental Station Vax network? So I learned to 
> quit out of emacs before I learned to enter into it.
> 
> Peter
> 
> On 7/22/08, *Bob Drzyzgula* <bob at drzyzgula.org 
> <mailto:bob at drzyzgula.org>> wrote:
> 
>     On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 10:54:47AM -0400, Bob Drzyzgula wrote:
>      >
>      > Gosling wrote his Emacs in 1981, and Unipress Emacs started
>      > shipping in 1983 for $399 per seat.
> 
> 
>     Sorry -- actually looking again I see it said $395, not
>     $399, not that this makes any difference. But thinking
>     back I expect that this was $395 per *system*, which is
>     only per seat if you're talking about workstations, and
>     in those days we used workstations as multi-user systems
>     anyway. I doubt there was any license management mechanism
>     available at the time that could have enforced a per-user
>     license. Still, it was a lot of money.
> 
> 
>     --Bob
> 
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