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jkinz at kinz.org
Sun Dec 19 16:39:53 UTC 2004
On Sun, Dec 19, 2004 at 09:00:57AM -0600, Randy wrote:
> I just set up squirrelmail to highlight all messages from the group. I
> don't suppose they'd switch to squirrelmail? :-)
Lets see, exchange my instant response time using mutt for something
several seconds slower, which I can't access securely from anywhere on
anything that doesn't have a browser/GUI screen.
Sure, that'll help me handle my 600+ email messages a day. (hey its
down from 800+) :)
No thanks. I'll stick with mutt and procmail.
No condemnation of web mail clients intended, I just prefer more
speed, more flexibility, and more utility while needing less to
get it done.
Why are UNIX programmers so oriented to minimalism?
Because we get more with less.
Its a pure extension of the UNIX design philosophy.
There are several interpretations of the UNIX design philosophy,
Here is one: "Keep it simple"
Here is another which may also highlight the contrast between the UNIX
philosophy and the Microsoft approach:
"Perfection is reached not when there is no longer anything to add,
but when there is no longer anything to take away." (A. Saint-Exupery)
For those of us who have been programming for a long time, this is the
only rational explanation we can find for the irreducible over-complexity
of certain unnamed API's, and the resulting high level of crashes, bugs
and security vulnerabilities.
For those interested in more about the UNIX programming philosophy
there are several books available about it. Here is one that is
available on the web for free:
Linux/Open Source: Your infrastructure belongs to you, free, forever.
Idealism: "Realism applied over a longer time period"
Jeff Kinz, Emergent Research, Hudson, MA.
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