[TUHS] Early Unix and Keyboard Skills

John P. Linderman jpl.jpl at gmail.com
Thu Nov 3 05:20:12 AEST 2022

On Wed, Nov 2, 2022 at 3:02 PM <jason-tuhs at shalott.net> wrote:

> > I’ve never heard anyone mention keyboard skills with the people of the
> > CSRC - doesn’t anyone know?
> https://www.tuhs.org/Archive/Documentation/AUUGN/AUUGN-V05.4.pdf (p23)
> > History tells us that the guys who designed [UNIX] did their own typing
> > into the machine.  It seems to me that because of this, the main reason
> > that UNIX enjoys/suffers from terse input and output is not through any
> > intellectual design decisions made at some early stage but because the
> > UNIX designers were just bad typists working on slow peripherals.
>   -Jason

Mostly rampant speculation on my part, but with 110 baud modems, 10
characters per second right?,
and added delays for carriage returns, it was the peripherals that
encouraged brevity. Code would be
viewed multiple times, but entered roughly once.
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