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Name: Rick Allard
Member since: 2000-06-30 05:26:04
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  • various Unixes since 1984 or 1985
  • Emacs, beginning a year or so later
  • a few other things along the way

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The complexity of stuff made out of atoms is limited by the nature of material things. If a thing is too baroque, it'll fall down. But if a thing is made of bits, it has no such intrinsic limit on its creation. Later understanding of it including its utility and any ability to maintain it will be limited. Conclusion - simplicity isn't arrived at naturally in the second realm.

7 Sep 2004 (updated 5 Jan 2009 at 23:49 UTC) »
all gone

I've now one more Gmail invite to give away. First come, first serve at xxxxxx@yahoo.com. Please send the name and the email address to which I should send it.

6 Sep 2004 (updated 8 Sep 2004 at 21:51 UTC) »

hmmm... cannot delete but can make empty

This was the above entry and to push it up on the stack I copied it into a new entry - a work-around.

22 May 2003 (updated 22 May 2003 at 01:25 UTC) »

Darn - no table tags; table.

Take this literally or as metaphor (like some Oblique Strategy), take this in Martha Stewart's voice. All new technology, and in this context I mean everything after solitary transistors, is oppressive (not by malice but out of incompetence). Put your new technology on wheels. Then when you move it you will feel fresh in the illusion of control.

Ran Polygraph against many flavors of cache since we talked last. Some bright cube neighbors.

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