Subject: Re: Sysinst confusion . . . (really editors)
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: None <email@example.com>
Date: 07/14/1998 08:52:45
In message <Pine.GSO.3.96.980713173735.26116Bfirstname.lastname@example.org>, Castor F
>Apologies for the digression, but a couple of years ago, I read a
>William Safire "On Language" column where Safire noted that programmers
>would describe particularly nasty encounter with their computers as
>having "met Ed." He then wondered who Ed might be. Obviously, if
>Safire had dealt with a hosed Unix system he would have gotten the
>capitalization right ;-)
>Since there are no doubt some venerable unix hackers here, has anyone
>actually used the phrase "met ed" to describe these sessions of file system
>surgery? Is it perhaps an east coast thing? I've never actually heard this.
Never heard it used.
When I was doing tech support for non-Unix users, for Xerox, I used to use
ed to walk people through fixing things. It was very easy to control them,
whereas in an "advanced" editor, they'd try to do things themselves and botch.