[TUHS] keyboards and command names

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Thu Feb 6 02:18:59 AEST 2020

even at 120 cps, i agree.

On Wed, Feb 5, 2020 at 10:47 AM John P. Linderman <jpl.jpl at gmail.com> wrote:

> I of course defer to dmr about the major influence, but I very much
> appreciated the brevity when printing programs and shell scripts and lines
> in ed at 110 baud, even with a terminal having a respectable keyboard.  I
> printed much more than I entered.
> On Wed, Feb 5, 2020 at 10:38 AM Jaap Akkerhuis <jaapna at xs4all.nl> wrote:
>> > I have always suspected that the brevity of the Unix command names was
>> strongly
>> > influenced by the clunky keyboards on the teletypes that were being
>> used.  Can
>> > anyone confirm, deny, and/or comment on this?
>> Peter Collinson made the same observation at the 25th year celebration
>> of UNIX (USENIX, Washington) and it was confirmed by dmr.
>>         jaap
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