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Saturday, January 12, 2008

good ole hatin of the unix

i'm reading what's probably the most entertaining vitriolic invective-laden diatribe that has not been leveled against the behemoth in redmond: the unix-haters handbook. it's got such choice sentiments as:
“Two of the most famous products of Berkeley are LSD and Unix. I don’t think that this is a coincidence.”
“I liken starting one’s computing career with Unix, say as an under- graduate, to being born in East Africa. It is intolerably hot, your body is covered with lice and flies, you are malnourished and you suffer from numerous curable diseases. But, as far as young East Africans can tell, this is simply the natural condition and they live within it. By the time they find out differently, it is too late. They already think that the writing of shell scripts is a natural act.” — Ken Pier, Xerox PARC
With quotes like that what's NOT to like? This is MUST reading for anyone with any sense. And probably for everyone without, who's still not completely on the unix-hater bandwagon also.

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