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

ricercar at lycos.com ricercar at lycos.com
Sat Oct 12 12:41:07 AEST 2019

Perhaps impertinent since it's not part of the UNIX standard, but probably when
I first started using emacs. I have also grown to appreciate ed, though I
learned that quite a bit later.

On 10/10/19 3:55 PM, Warren Toomey wrote:

> 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?
> Mine was: Oh, I can:
>    + write a simple script
>    + to edit a file on the fly
>    + with no temporary files (a la pipes)
>    + AND I can change the file suffix and the system won't stop me!
> I was using TOPS-20 beforehand.
> Cheers, Warren
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