Sep. 10th, 2016

henry_flower: A melancholy wolf (Default)
'It tends to be forgotten, but one of the most innovative things in Unix was the conception of files as arrays of bytes that, because of their simplicity, could be created almost as afterthoughts.

The mainframes of the day, and even the time sharing systems built on them, treated file creation as a big deal.

In the Honeywell time sharing system, you created files by entering a file-creation subsystem, where you were interactively asked 10 questions, including the device name, initial size, maximum size, record size, blocking factor (don't ask!) and who was allowed to write the file and who was not allowed to read it. After answering these questions, the subsystem begged the OS to create a file -- much of the time, it was allergic to one of the answers, and required you to go through all the questions again. If you got through the process unscathed, the system printed out "Successful!"

(yes, the exclamation point was there).'

http://minnie.tuhs.org/pipermail/tuhs/2016-September/007327.html

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  1. Udger R

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henry_flower: A melancholy wolf (Default)
I don't even.

$ pwd
/home/henry
$ /bin/cd /tmp
$ pwd
/home/henry

Huh?

$ cat /bin/cd
#!/bin/sh
builtin cd "$@"

Only in Fedora!

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henry_flower: A melancholy wolf (Default)
I wonder has anybody understood back in the day that the infamous rant was a fine exemplar of trolling?

"One of the most heinous crimes against computing machinery is therefore to force them to parse XML when all they want is the binary data."

http://chunk.io/f/d271a1e5db524c31af412a0dcaeb0a87

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Erik Naggum on XML


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henry_flower: A melancholy wolf (Default)
Just finished watching the first 2 series of Keeping Up Appearance.

Teh funney, sometimes to an utterly ridiculous point, but still hilarious.

8/10.

On a side note, a list of the peers for the very 0DA7AA9AF69628FE0B7BCCEBA273CAD8B1CB46AD was a pleasure to glimpse into too: guys from US/EU & no fucking Russians whatsoever.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098837/
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