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

Tyler Adams coppero1237 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 11 22:04:15 AEST 2019

One of the things that makes unix so special to me is how many different
ways I had the "Aha" moment.

Viscerally, I got drawn in after I tried writing some Batch script for a
windows machine and found bash so much easier.

Intellectually, ESR's Art of Unix Programming really shown a light onto
what made unix feel so fun. Seeing the unix principles laid out shortly and
clearly was world changing.

Then when Apple and Google pumped out 3 BILLION unix like devices and made
unix mainstream, it just nailed it in that unix is a really special piece
of software*.*


On Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 1:56 PM Leah Neukirchen <leah at vuxu.org> wrote:

> 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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