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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up? 635

Posted by Soulskill
from the don't-touch-that-dial dept.
An anonymous reader writes: It's the year 2014, and I still have a floppy drive installed on my computer. I don't know why; I don't own any floppy disks, and I haven't used one in probably a decade. But every time I put together a PC, it feels incomplete if I don't have one. I also have a Laserdisc player collecting dust at the bottom of my entertainment center, and I still use IRC to talk to a few friends. Software, hardware, or otherwise, what technology have you had a hard time letting go? (I don't want to put a hard limit on age, so you folks using flip-phones or playing on Dreamcasts or still inexplicably coding in Perl 4, feel free to contribute.)
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

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  • Simple (Score:5, Funny)

    by UnknowingFool (672806) on Friday August 29, 2014 @06:05PM (#47787727)
    [Puts on fire resist gear]
    vi. Because emacs is for the devil.
  • slashdot (Score:5, Funny)

    by stormpunk (515019) on Friday August 29, 2014 @06:07PM (#47787749) Homepage

    I still come here looking for insightful articles and thought-provoking discussions.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 29, 2014 @06:08PM (#47787757)

    Slashdot? *grin*

  • Slashdot (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 29, 2014 @06:10PM (#47787793)

    I still find myself coming to the site many years after it was started.

  • Re: Desktop (Score:4, Funny)

    by johnsnails (1715452) on Friday August 29, 2014 @06:17PM (#47787841) Homepage
  • by DoofusOfDeath (636671) on Friday August 29, 2014 @06:17PM (#47787847)

    Cards, vibrators, air conditioners, vibrators, antibiotics, vibrators, dishwashers, vibrators, ...

  • Re:Simple (Score:5, Funny)

    by bearded_yak (457170) on Friday August 29, 2014 @06:27PM (#47787935) Homepage
    Only amateurs use emacs, vi, or ed. Real pros use 'echo %variablename% > filename'. After all, who needs to change anything when what you type is already perfection?
  • by hurfy (735314) on Friday August 29, 2014 @06:32PM (#47787983)

    But if you just keep repeating it enough.....

  • by starseeker (141897) on Friday August 29, 2014 @06:39PM (#47788035) Homepage

    Perfection in engineering... it not only solves the problem of creating the perfect typing experience, it's also tough enough to use as your own personal Hammer of Thor when your office mates storm your cubicle trying to stop the noise.

  • Re:Simple (Score:4, Funny)

    by CopaceticOpus (965603) on Friday August 29, 2014 @06:42PM (#47788067)

    This reads like a letter to the editor in the Onion, if the Onion cared about vi. I honestly can't tell if you're being ironically pro-vi, or if you're just a simple Pico-loving soul.

  • Clothes (Score:5, Funny)

    by aNonnyMouseCowered (2693969) on Friday August 29, 2014 @06:43PM (#47788069)

    Ancient technology I know, but I feel really naked when I try to leave home without them.

  • Re:Simple (Score:4, Funny)

    by TWX (665546) on Friday August 29, 2014 @06:51PM (#47788129)
    Heh. I used to write MS-DOS batch and config files with copy con: if the only other choice was edlin...
  • Re:Gopher (Score:5, Funny)

    by TWX (665546) on Friday August 29, 2014 @06:52PM (#47788147)
    At one point I wanted to set up a gopher juarez server. I wanted it to reject web browsers emulating a gopher client too... I figured that something like three people would be left that would appreciate it though.
  • Re:Simple (Score:5, Funny)

    by Alan Shutko (5101) on Friday August 29, 2014 @07:14PM (#47788295) Homepage

    Whoosh. [gnu.org]

  • Re:Simple (Score:5, Funny)

    by msauve (701917) on Friday August 29, 2014 @07:19PM (#47788335)
    Newbie.

    From: patl@athena.mit.edu (Patrick J..LoPresti)
    Subject: The True Path (long)
    Date: 11 Jul 91 03:17:31 GMT
    Newsgroups: alt.religion.emacs,alt.slack

    When I log into my Xenix system with my 110 baud teletype, both vi *and* Emacs are just too damn slow.. They print useless messages like, 'C-h for help' and '"foo" File is read only'.. So I use the editor that doesn't waste my VALUABLE time.

    Ed, man! !man ed

    ED(1) UNIX Programmer's Manual ED(1)

    NAME
    ed - text editor

    SYNOPSIS
    ed [ - ] [ -x ] [ name ]
    DESCRIPTION
    Ed is the standard text editor.
    ---

    Computer Scientists love ed, not just because it comes first alphabetically, but because it's the standard.. Everyone else loves ed because it's ED!

    "Ed is the standard text editor."

    And ed doesn't waste space on my Timex Sinclair.. Just look:

    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root 24 Oct 29 1929 /bin/ed
    -rwxr-xr-t 4 root 1310720 Jan 1 1970 /usr/ucb/vi
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root 5.89824e37 Oct 22 1990 /usr/bin/emacs


    Of course, on the system *I* administrate, vi is symlinked to ed.

    Emacs has been replaced by a shell script which 1) Generates a syslog message at level LOG_EMERG; 2) reduces the user's disk quota by 100K; and 3) RUNS ED!!!!!!

    "Ed is the standard text editor."

    Let's look at a typical novice's session with the mighty ed:

    [see the real thing here. [gnu.org] /. lameness filter doesn't like it]

    Note the consistent user interface and error reportage.. Ed is generous enough to flag errors, yet prudent enough not to overwhelm the novice with verbosity.

    "Ed is the standard text editor."

    Ed, the greatest WYGIWYG editor of all.

    ED IS THE TRUE PATH TO NIRVANA! ED HAS BEEN THE CHOICE OF EDUCATED AND IGNORANT ALIKE FOR CENTURIES! ED WILL NOT CORRUPT YOUR PRECIOUS BODILY FLUIDS!! ED IS THE STANDARD TEXT EDITOR! ED MAKES THE SUN SHINE AND THE BIRDS SING AND THE GRASS GREEN!!

    When I use an editor, I don't want eight extra KILOBYTES of worthless help screens and cursor positioning code! I just want an EDitor!!
    Not a "viitor".. Not a "emacsitor".. Those aren't even WORDS!!!! ED!
    ED! ED IS THE STANDARD!!!

    TEXT EDITOR.

    When IBM, in its ever-present omnipotence, needed to base their "edlin" on a UNIX standard, did they mimic vi? No.. Emacs? Surely you jest.. They chose the most karmic editor of all.. The standard.

    Ed is for those who can *remember* what they are working on.. If you are an idiot, you should use Emacs.. If you are an Emacs, you should not be vi.. If you use ED, you are on THE PATH TO REDEMPTION.. THE SO-CALLED "VISUAL" EDITORS HAVE BEEN PLACED HERE BY ED TO TEMPT THE FAITHLESS.. DO NOT GIVE IN!!! THE MIGHTY ED HAS SPOKEN!!!

    ?

  • Re: Rosetta (Score:4, Funny)

    by dgatwood (11270) on Friday August 29, 2014 @07:56PM (#47788531) Journal

    Dead animals and a cave wall.

  • ROT13 (Score:5, Funny)

    by Unxmaal (231) on Friday August 29, 2014 @08:11PM (#47788601) Homepage

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