Who's dead? (was RE: UNIX V7)

Ian King IanK at vulcan.com
Tue Jun 9 22:28:38 CDT 2009

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>From: cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org [mailto:cctalk-
>bounces at classiccmp.org] On Behalf Of Dave McGuire
>Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 8:01 PM
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>Subject: Re: Who's dead? (was RE: UNIX V7)
>On Jun 9, 2009, at 10:45 PM, Ian King wrote:
>> Your definition of "from way back" seems somewhat limited... by the
>> way, did you realize that VMS is still a supported OS, more than
>> thirty years after its introduction?
>   Not only supported, but still under very active development!
>>   Further, your reluctance to use non-screen-oriented editors is,
>> shall we say, 'bad juju' in this community.  While I certainly
>> prefer a screen editor such as vi (and not such as EMACS), I can
>> easily do ed or TECO as needed, because I MUST in order to work
>> with truly vintage systems.  -- Ian
>   Please cut the guy some slack, Ian.  The OP was Kirn, who is 19.
>His idea of "way back" is pretty different from yours or mine.
>           -Dave

Dave, in truth I spent no little time writing a less harsh response than I might have, but I feel it is necessary to address his dismissive attitude toward the realities of vintage systems and their software, if he wants to play in this pool.  It's not the lack of knowledge - that can be corrected, as I experience every day in my own life - but what I perceive as the attitude that "it's not worth knowing" that harshes my mellow.  -- Ian 

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