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Old 03-10-2007, 05:23 PM   #16
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vi, vi, vi: 666, the Number Of The Beast.
 
Old 03-10-2007, 05:46 PM   #17
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Simply put, Emacs is the Rambo and McGuyver of text editors. High-powered and capable of anything.
 
Old 03-10-2007, 05:49 PM   #18
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One other Emacs observation:

Although mc also works well, Emacs, too, can be used when X fails to load, or when you just don't have, or maybe want to use, a GUI. (Since that sentence looks clumsy, what I'm trying to say is that Emacs works quite well when you've been forced to log in as "root" to a TTY console. For example, when fsck barfs at one of your drives.)

Just to date Emacs (and me), I first used Emacs on the MIT Multics system a little after the middle of the last century. (And I had to learn Lisp so I could "tune" it to my taste.)

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The dumb terminals back in the day did not have multiple sessions. If you wanted two sessions, you had to sit in front of two terminals. More than two was just too difficult to handle.
I can still remember the pleasure of sitting at the operator's console of a CDC 6600 and having six (!!!) peripheral processor screens where I could display my code, make changes in it, and then run it. Shear bliss!
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Old 03-11-2007, 07:28 AM   #19
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Simply put, Emacs is the Rambo and McGuyver of text editors. High-powered and capable of anything.
Too right, mate! Now that Rambo is old in people years as Emacs is in app-years ... But they both still get the job done.

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Old 03-11-2007, 07:30 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by PTrenholme
One other Emacs observation:

Although mc also works well, Emacs, too, can be used when X fails to load, or when you just don't have, or maybe want to use, a GUI. (Since that sentence looks clumsy, what I'm trying to say is that Emacs works quite well when you've been forced to log in as "root" to a TTY console. For example, when fsck barfs at one of your drives.)

Just to date Emacs (and me), I first used Emacs on the MIT Multics system a little after the middle of the last century. (And I had to learn Lisp so I could "tune" it to my taste.)

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Re the comment by Randux:
I can still remember the pleasure of sitting at the operator's console of a CDC 6600 and having six (!!!) peripheral processor screens where I could display my code, make changes in it, and then run it. Shear bliss!
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What OS did they run on that CDC? I can only remember PLATO but not sure if it was the name of the OS or the name of the AI app that ran on top of it.
 
Old 03-12-2007, 12:46 PM   #21
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What OS did they run on that CDC? I can only remember PLATO but not sure if it was the name of the OS or the name of the AI app that ran on top of it.
Sorry, I only used the CDC system for a couple of nights to get a FORTRAN program to run on it. (The problem was that the hard disk access was too slow, since the reads were not buffered. I remember walking back to the drives an watching the heads move v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-ly. Fixed the code to do buffer the input.) Anyhow, I don’t recall what the OS was called.
 
  


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