Subject: Re: Sysinst confusion . . . (really editors)
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
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List: current-users
Date: 07/14/1998 08:52:45
In message <>, Castor F
u writes:
>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.