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Unix is not an acceptable Unix | Affording Play
"The original designers of Unix viewed the “simplicity” of text streams as an advantage. Consequently, they declined to impose any structure on the data that was to pass between programs. This decision, intended to banish inessential complexity, instead managed only to push essential complexity further downstream. [...] Even the earliest version of Unix was ultimately only a particular, flawed implementation of the Unix philosophy. If we want to encourage more widespread acceptance of the philosophy, we should not try to defend the implementation by downplaying its flaws." (via
linux  unix  computing  interface  ui  history  culture 
september 2018 by aparrish
Where Vim Came From
"The answer, as is so often the case, begins with that ancient crucible of computing, Bell Labs." via enkiv2 on masto
history  unix  vim  text  poetics 
august 2018 by aparrish
"The Intimacy of the Command Line"
"When I first saw code being executed into a black terminal, I started to feel a familiar sensation: I was transported to the dark empty space of a theatre. The dim light and velvet curtains made me forget everything. An entire planet lives behind those curtains. When my world begins to burn down around me, this is where I find refuge."
commandline  unix  poetry  poetics  performance 
july 2018 by aparrish
The Trivial Program “yes”
I was thinking "you could probably write a whole book about yes" and so I googled and here is basically what that book would look like (nick montfort, natch)
computing  history  unix  yes  literature 
september 2014 by aparrish
Politically Correct UNIX(tm)
oh god this is the fucking worst I'm not even kidding (content warning: next-level assholery and dismissiveness about racism and sexism)
unix  history  humor  quote-humor-unquote 
february 2014 by aparrish
stdio buffering
technical details, insightful
programming  unix  code 
march 2012 by aparrish
The Command Line Challenge. | Oldboy
haven't kept up-to-date with this stuff. cmus looks pretty good
unix  commandline 
march 2012 by aparrish
introduction to the command line
pretty good introduction to the unix command line (link from syllabus?)
unix  commandline  interface  howto  code  computing 
october 2011 by aparrish
egrep for Linguists
this... now this is excellent, a UNIX text mangling tutorial for dorks (not necessarily geeks) - what my first week in a2z should have been
text  unix  linguistics  language  programming 
february 2009 by aparrish
Filesystem Hierarchy Standard - Title Page
could be the most self-righteous thing I ever read
may 2005 by aparrish

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