just a thought

Sometimes, when I’m struggling to get something to work, or find a piece of information, or something just seems a lot less simple than it ought to be, I have to remind myself just what a young medium the internet is, and how far we’ve gone already.

screenshot of Pine email software


  1. 20 March 2007 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Aaaah, the good old days, eh, Harry?


    copy c:\mystuff\*.* A:\

    attrib -h +r

    and stuff like that.

  2. Harry
    20 March 2007 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    I never actually had to do much of that; my first computer was a Mac, back in the days of OS6. But I did use Pine and Lynx when I got to university. And the internet – as far as I knew – was basically email, usenet, ASCII multi-user RPGs, and chatrooms. Even within the few years I was there it had moved firmly to visual browsers and HTML and so on, and the progress has been really prety rapid ever since.

  3. 21 March 2007 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    In those days, you had to occassionally explain to the young ones why disk drive letters went from A to C with no B. Now you have explain where both A and B went….

    (Well, I use linux…. do you people still have C: drives?

    Oh, whats so funy about attrib -h +r may I ask?

  4. Harry
    21 March 2007 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    My drives have always been called things like ‘Macintosh HD’. It’s almost as though the people writing the software wanted the names to be helpful.

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