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Sep
10
comment Before Operating systems, What concept was used to make them work?
wouldn't the earliest ones, say ENIAC, hard wired? Not switched nor having stored programs? Or is this no longer a computer because of that... curious
Sep
10
comment Has there ever been software that has been perfect first time round?
@TreyTaylor ... and the world around you never changed, and your OS stayed the same version, and people never asked for the feature that your competitor just came out with. And a UI was perfect for people with vastly different mental models, and you magically did Internationalization somehow... Engineering is compromises. One resource constraint is time. What do I have time for in version 1? What can wait to 1.1? If you don't get the nature of constraints, you'll not be a good engineer :)
Sep
10
comment Has there ever been software that has been perfect first time round?
This is probably too Meta of a question. Perfect as judged by whom? Free of bugs? Is a design defect a bug? Is a missing feature a bug? Is a bug in a feature that only .0001% of us use still disqualifying? Software is too complex to divide in solely two bins - perfect, and everything else.
Aug
27
awarded  Yearling
Aug
21
comment Avoiding users to corrupt and use a script
What OS? It really depends on OS whether you can have run-only scripts
Aug
20
comment less maximum buffer size?
Technically less isn't sending the signal, the kernel is once it sees that the only reader to the pipe (less) is no more.
Aug
19
answered less maximum buffer size?
Aug
8
revised in bash, how to load and execute an external bash script from a server, like github?
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Aug
8
answered in bash, how to load and execute an external bash script from a server, like github?
Aug
8
revised How can I make chown work recursively?
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Aug
1
comment How to use “date” to print tomorrow's day of the week
@jim BTW: +1 for AIX... I was stuck using it years ago. Also, since this is Linux, you can rely on the -delete operator for (GNU) find. You can replace the | xargs rm {} \; with -delete and not be stuck with quoting rules or -no-run-if-empty.
Aug
1
answered How to use “date” to print tomorrow's day of the week
Aug
1
comment How to use “date” to print tomorrow's day of the week
IMHO this is a bad idea to have the name-of-week. what if you have two weeks of logs? what if you restart during the day. At best both scenarios above would be confusing, at worst you'd (possibly) overwrite the existing file.
Aug
1
comment How to use “date” to print tomorrow's day of the week
@AlexanderFarber this shouldn't change mtime unless you save the file. Were you perhaps thinking of atime? Also, maybe you should use view instead of vi, view opens readonly by default.
Jul
28
revised Is there any way to answer a phone call using a dial-up modem?
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Jul
23
comment How do I open the file with extension .srdt?
I'd personally download a small subsdet of Cygwin, and use the unix file utility to see what it thinks the file is. Though that's probably much easier for me than you
Jul
20
comment Apache undoes my change to User in httpd.conf
PHP, normally, is already in apache.
Jul
18
comment Apache undoes my change to User in httpd.conf
Note: technically, php isn't (usually) spawned by Apache, instead php runs inside Apache.
Jul
15
revised Windows XP - How do use grep to find strings in files in subdirectories
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Jul
15
revised Windows XP - How do use grep to find strings in files in subdirectories
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