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CHAT: OS pain (was Wordwrapping (was: File converter))

From:Brook Conner <nellardo@...>
Date:Sunday, November 14, 1999, 0:03
FFlores writes:
 > Boudewijn Rempt <bsarempt@...> wrote:
 > > It is quite easy: look at the following.  There might be a better,
 > > shorter and more pythonic way of doing it, but this works, is clear
 > > and not too slow.
 > [snipped program]
 > Thanks a lot. But have you forgotten I'm trapped into my
 > current OS? :) Windows 95 seems to have been designed to
 > discourage people from uninstalling it, as I'm painfully
 > aware of...

I didn't bother to uninstall it. I just wiped the drive and put Linux
on instead :-)

My new tower I never even booted into Windoze. (My laptop I suffered
with it until I'd had too much, then I wiped it :-)

Ob conlang: APIs and programming languages as conlangs....  Thought
that way, most PLs are horribly painful. I once considered a variant
syntax for a PL called Self (a lot like Smalltalk) that would enable
something that read like English.  Self, though, lets you redefine
anything and everything (e.g., you can make true false and change
addition to subtraction).

Now, what would a language be like that was designed from the ground
up to be:

a) a spoken language

b) a written language

c) a machine-readable language

d) a language with an explicit machine semantics

e) easy to learn

That last is probably the hardest :-)



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