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My first computer was a Radio Shack Color Computer 3 - 6809-based, running OS-9 Level II. It could run 32 processes at once, due to bank-switching a whole 1 Meg of memory.

After that, I got an AT&T 3b2, also known as a Convergent Safari. This was a Motorola 68010-based desktop.

Then, I graduated to a NeXT black&white "slab". I bought a used SPARCStation IPC in 1995, and put NetBSD 0.9 on it. I ran NetBSD on the IPC and a SPARCStation 10 until 2002.

I've been using Linux since 1997, starting with a DEC Alpha-based UDB, and downgrading to a x86 PC in 2002.

I run Arch linux, on my server and my laptop.


Apr
21
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
21
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
20
comment Addition with 'sed'
And some people say that programming is not mathematics. This little gem refutes them all. Best use of Base 1 ever.
Apr
18
comment How to make a program/process a service ?
You should probably tell us (Unix and Linux users) what makes something a "service", and what the "service" command does. I have only a vague idea how that relates to the Unix/Linux idea of a "daemon process".
Apr
16
comment gnuplot 'with lines' produces unwanted “boxes”
gnuplot will put data for (arbtrarily) March 30th on the left of April 15th, but when you say "with lines" it will draw a line from right to left, if March 30's data appears after April 15th's data. I've done this with gnuplot many times.
Apr
16
revised gnuplot 'with lines' produces unwanted “boxes”
Add incorrectly-formatted data, which just occurred to me.
Apr
16
answered gnuplot 'with lines' produces unwanted “boxes”
Apr
13
answered Change password in headless mode
Apr
12
revised symbolic link to a directory and relative path
Clarification of what I meant, upon second reading.
Apr
12
answered symbolic link to a directory and relative path
Apr
6
comment Why does octave give different results for 9 ^ 1/2 and 9 ^ 0.5?
Actually, your broader trap was what I thought the problem was at first. I had to read the question several times to figure it out. Without examining Octave in detail, it look like it always uses FP, but that's a total guess.
Apr
6
answered Why does octave give different results for 9 ^ 1/2 and 9 ^ 0.5?
Apr
3
comment Pushdown Terminal Output
This would confuse me, but I applaud your efforts. On of linux/unix/open source major lesssons is that One Size Does Not Fit All.
Apr
2
answered How can I create a file with multiple lines from the command-line?
Mar
30
answered Why is there a type for process ids (pid_t), but not for file descriptors (fd)?
Mar
22
comment What purpose does the colon builtin serve?
Finally found a ": at the beginning of a script" reference and explanation: faqs.org/faqs/unix-faq/faq/part3/section-16.html
Mar
20
comment Linux sort second last column
Just by the way, Python people call this "Decorate-Sort-Undecorate" or "DSU". They've added specific features to the language to enable more uses of DSU pattern.
Mar
20
answered How to generate Zipf-like samples, by using scripting language
Mar
20
answered Terminal change keys
Mar
19
comment How to rename multiple files by removing the extension?
Bear in mind that NO linux or unix filesystem uses Windows or VMS-style "extensions" - it is only by convention that a suffix of the file name is ".tif" or ".c" or ".o" or ".so" or whatever.