[TUHS] Origins and life of the pg pager

Henry Bent henry.r.bent at gmail.com
Tue Jun 16 08:55:40 AEST 2020

On Mon, 15 Jun 2020 at 17:37, Rob Pike <robpike at gmail.com> wrote:

> I had forgotten about that tool, along with many others. "Comp" sounds
> plausible but as I said, I forget. (Not a sign of age; my memory for
> details is no match for Clem's; to me stage actors are superheroes).

Remembering the blocking and the actor's names for a play you saw thirty
years ago would be an impressive feat, but I would argue that it is much
more beneficial in the long run to remember the basic plot and the message
that the production was attempting to convey.

> This history stuff is fun because of the reminder of a time when tools
were simple and you could create a whole new one in an afternoon.

Indeed, that's a nearly impossible task now.  We have transitioned to a
world where you can say, "here's my sketch for a program that I think would
be useful," and that sketch is either a basic chapter outline or you've
only finished writing chapter one.  You put it up on Github, try to give it
a little publicity, and hope that others can share your vision or at least
provide constructive criticism.

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