[TUHS] What was your "Aha, Unix!" moment?

Leah Neukirchen leah at vuxu.org
Fri Oct 11 20:55:57 AEST 2019

Warren Toomey <wkt at tuhs.org> writes:

> All, we had another dozen TUHS suscribers to the list overnight. Welcome.
> A reminder that we're here to discuss Unix Heritage, so I'll nudge you
> if the conversation goes a bit off-topic.
> So I'll kick off another thread. What was your "ahah" moment when you
> first saw that Unix was special, especially compared to the systems you'd
> previously used?

I'm not sure if this was *my* "Aha, Unix!" moment, but my Dad
complained once that he had some CSV file containing bills and needed
to do some computation, and it would be a hassle to do in Delphi
(which he is most proficient in).  So I told him I could have a look
at it on my Linux system, and while he explained what computations he
needed, I would type in some awk oneliner and a bit of other pipe
stuff and he had his answer within minutes.

Leah Neukirchen  <leah at vuxu.org>  https://leahneukirchen.org/

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