[TUHS] What was your "Aha, Unix!" moment?
usotsuki at buric.co
Sun Oct 13 00:26:00 AEST 2019
On Sat, 12 Oct 2019, Doug McIlroy wrote:
>> That sounds like Macintosh rather than Apple ][.
> You are right. My error. I might add that OS X was
> afforded a different kind of "Aha, Unix!" moment.
For me Unix felt like something that took the best parts of MS-DOS (which
I was very familiar with) and improved on them - plus I knew / as a path
separator from ProDOS on the Apple ][ (you can probably see where I'm
I later learned that this was because MS-DOS, while it was growing out of
its "CP/M clone" phase, had pinched a lot of things from Unix and so this
similarity was not a coincidence. But what MS-DOS has to fumble around
with and pretend to do, Unix actually *did*.
Not to mention, it had, like the Apple ][ and unlike MS-DOS, a single
environment that combined a command shell and a programming language.
Plus the network transparency.
It was the best of both worlds.
Random: One of my laptops' Windows 10 install ate itself due to a bum
update a couple days ago. I had left Windows on it when I got it because
I'd heard that the company's laptops that were not in a specific product
line would not run Linux properly. Actually, it was no problem at all, so
it's running Debian now. I also have a broken laptop that runs Debian
headless. I know it's not the real thing, but it'll suffice me. ;p
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