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RE: [Groff] [off] micro-typography

From: P. Alejandro Lopez-Valencia
Subject: RE: [Groff] [off] micro-typography
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 17:05:46 -0500

>-----Original Message-----
>From: address@hidden [mailto:address@hidden Behalf Of Ted
>Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 12:38 PM
>To: address@hidden
>Subject: RE: [Groff] [off] micro-typography
>On 13-Feb-02 P. Alejandro Lopez-Valencia wrote:
>> .[rant-begin]
>> ...
>> Of course, choosing an embedded language must be done in terms
>> of the target audience which is *not* jaded old hackers who
>> got in touch with computers in the early eighties at the least,
>> that is in times so Paleolithic to have known *roff as the tool
>> of choice to typeset their documents, and find that writing programs
>> in VM/CMS pseudo-assembler is the closest to nirvana one can get
>> while incarnated.
>Vivid language, Alejandro! I surmise you have lived through
>the experience yourself. Am I right?

Absolutely yes. My first computing experiences as an undergrad were in a
Burroughs mainframe typing JCL/DCL and SPSS batch jobs (trying to become a
scientist can be a tortous way of life ;). I was lucky enough to being
spared punching cards just because they bought some video terminals over
the X'mas break immediately before my first computing course.

Now, the guy that loves to write in VM/CMS pseudo-assembler (Paul "rexx is
for weenies"
can't-remember-his-surname-thanks-God-the-innnocent-is-protected-ly) is a
guy who was the mainframe administrator at the US school where I did my
MS; it was in those times that I decided to move from VM OSs to Unix and
VMS. :)

Alejo (A.k.a. Another Old Jaded Hacker)

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