Why don't you respect the mail threads?!

Grant Taylor cctalk at gtaylor.tnetconsulting.net
Wed Feb 21 17:00:01 CST 2018

On 02/21/2018 03:50 PM, Noel Chiappa via cctalk wrote:
> That's me, I expect.

I'm not naming any names.

I have sent an email to the person directly with a polite inquiry.  I 
see no point in pointing fingers.

> I used to use a TOPS-20 email reader called MM, and when I moved my 
> email to a Unix machine, there was a version of MM I used there, then 
> something happened (I forget what) and I couldn't use that any more.


I find it amazing the number of things that I can learn by reading TUHS 
and CCTalk.

Granted, I do miss some things when threads I'm ignoring fork without 
actually starting threads.  Oops!

> I do have access to a more modern email reader (Eudora), but don't like 
> it; I just stick with old, simple stuff I know how to use. I don't have 
> the spare brain cells / energy to switch.

I think that everybody should have the option to choose what ever 
software / hardware they want to use.  If you want to flip switches on 
the front of an Altair to ""type an email, after reading 5-bit punched 
paper tape, then by all means, more power to you.

Read:  I know how I would react if someone told me how I should do 
something, so far be it for me to try to tell someone else how they 
should do something.

That being said, I may inquire how / why someone is doing something, 
along with what prompted me to ask the question.  -  My intention is to 
(hopefully) alleviate my ignorance of a situation and to make the other 
party aware of something.  -  What said other party does with said 
information is /their/ prerogative.

> After going through I've-forgotten-how-many editors (starting with TECO, 
> then 'ed'), text formatting systems, operating systems, email readers, 
> etc, etc I have a very simple rule about switching software: is the old 
> stuff I'm using utterly, irretrievably unusable? If not, ignore the new 
> stuff. Eventually it'll be obsolete too. And in the meantime, I'll have 
> saved countless cycles by not going through the hassle of switching to 
> it. Life's too short.

I see the logic in what you're saying.

If it works for you….  Far be it for me….

Grant. . . .
unix || die

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