[TUHS] cat -v and other complaints

Andy Kosela akosela at andykosela.com
Tue Sep 4 16:10:26 AEST 2018

On Monday, September 3, 2018, Cág <ca6c at bitmessage.ch> wrote:

> Kurt H Maier wrote:
> > My pet theory is that Acme was going to replace Rio, at which time it
> > would be 'the interface' again instead of a text editor with a
> > slightly-incompatible filesystem interface.  There are some hints toward
> > this if you squint hard enough, but I can't prove it.
> Oberon 2.0
> > "Unavailable on the console" is kind of a cheap shot when talking about
> > an operating system that deliberately doesn't support consoles.  Part of
> > the point was outgrowing TTYs.
> Yeah, I guess I should've started with that :) I love Unix for the
> console.

Pure text interface will always be the most elegant way to converse with a
machine.  And Unix is the most elegant command line based system.

The world lost something when it moved to GUI.  I still prefer to use the
old phosphor based CRT monitors even with modern computers and because the
text mode is still inherent in modern graphics cards (as a legacy mode), it
is possible to not use GUI at all even today.

That was one of the main reasons I disliked Plan9.  It embraced the
"windows interface" trend of the mid 80s.

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