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Thu Jun 11 16:19:18 CDT 2009
Doug Jackson wrote:
> Chuck Guzis wrote:
>> On 9 Jun 2009 at 13:49, John Floren wrote:
>>> ed /is/ the standard editor
>> Just curious, does anyone here use (as their editor) Epsilon?
> No - I don't but I am reminded of my youth.
> Years ago I used to repair PC's (Back when you had to type stuff to do
> things, and when the 8087 was just awesome...) My editor of choice
> was the MSDOS EDLIN tool. Without fail, every client who watched me
> working asked why I didn't use QEDIT34 or ExtraED98 or
> "InsertAwesomeEditorNameHere", to which I would always reply - 'you
> may have "InsertAwesomeEditorNameHere", but I can never guarantee the
> next client will have it, so I got good at using the standard editor!
> That saved me so much time!
All true, but EDLIN was way dumb. Reliable, but dumb. When I went to
client sites, I always took a few diskettes -- and would load some
public domain utilities and some batch files to the client machines.
Among these diskettes was a copy of PC vi, and an editor called
"BlackBeard" which was very cool. Among other characteristics, it would
format a block of plain text, by breaking at word boundaries, and leave
a plain ASCII text file. Very nice. I just looked around, and found a
page of software downloads for editors:
PC XEDIT is there, which was mentioned lately. Gosh, it's like an
ecumenical convention over there! <Grin>
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