strangest systems I've sent email from

David Brownlee abs at
Fri May 20 12:55:47 CDT 2016

On 20 May 2016 at 17:24, Liam Proven <lproven at> wrote:
> On 18 May 2016 at 21:40, Fred Cisin <cisin at> wrote:
> > But, "Moore's Law" held that it wouldn't be much longer.
> > Just one doubling of the speed of the Lisa's hardware would have been enough
> > to silence the speed complaints.
> A general point, really.
> One of Microsoft's strokes of brilliance was selectively exploiting
> this. I think maybe it learned it from the 80286 OS/2 1.x débacle.
> NT 3.1 was brilliant if a bit bulky and unoptimised. Fair enough, it
> was a v1.0 OS. It was way way WAY too heavy for the average 1993 PC,
> but power users played, partly 'cos it fixed serious problems with
> Windows 3.1.
> [[make it work, ship version, then make it fast, then ship new version]]

I don't know if that was a specific market ploy based on Moore's Law,
or just the generally accepted practice of getting an initial version
with the API working any which way, then refactoring to improve
performance/correctness in later versions.

I seem to recall a comment that when select() was introduced in BSD4.2
it was implemented by an in kernel loop of polling each filedescriptor
so they could ship something with the API they wanted, and then in 4.3
the implementation was refactored to... how should we say... be much
more performant :)

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