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I hate vi. Any other editor, you write a file to a new filename midway through editing, you either a) are assumed to be working on the new file, or b) can see that you are working on the old file. Not vi. That allowed me to fuck up a program at work, though rather than whine to tech support like other testers have been known to do I just shrugged and rewrote the original. It's legacy code anyway, but I'd still have hell to pay if it vanished because of the system that we use.

My digestive system is having a fun time going nuts at me after the gross abuses of caffeine that were last night and today. Six pro plus are not intended to be washed down with a can of Red Bull, and five double espressos on an otherwise empty stomach are a recipie for pain. Antacids are my friends again.

Big Thoughts are thin on the ground, though that's caffeine-crash talking more than a lack of anything to think about. I've a few things I've been meaning to do in the free time Ihave, stuff to write and think about as well as some coding which I need to do to keep my hand in. Been too long since I last turned my hand to Perl, and that's a loss I regret. Time to change that.

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thingmaker3
Mar. 8th, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC)
Protien is important, my good Raven. Eat good quality protien - it works even better than caffine in the long term.
dreamingkat
Mar. 9th, 2004 06:07 am (UTC)
I agree, vi is annoying as all hell. :)

maybe if you set the EDITOR environmental variable, you can use something else (assuming something else is installed)? I've seen a few unix programy things that start whatever editor that var is set to. (can't hurt to try?)
digitalraven
Mar. 9th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
The environment variable is nothing to do with it. The fact that these are old Dynix systems accessed entirely via CLI over a fucking telnet connection should say it all. If it doesn't, I shall spell out that there is no Emacs.
dreamingkat
Mar. 9th, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC)
well, emacs is kinda uh, *cough*bloated*cough*, but I've seen little systems have joe, pico, and ae as alternatives to vi. Don't know anything about Dynix though - I'm pretty sure they were all *BSD and Linux varieties that I've used.

despite that, I have actually used emacs over a dial up connection. Dial into ancient ISP, ssh into school, fire up emacs and go. not exactly the most responsive thing in the world (type in a function, get something to drink, check and see if the function has echoed back yet... hey I got good at not making typos!), and those menu's on the top were totally useless, but it was possible. The really scary part was that despite the lag with emacs, overall it was quicker to work remotely with horrid lag than to compile at home on a 386. :) I don't suggest trying it however. ;)

my condolences for being forced to use vi though.
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