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It's interesting to see how short memory is. I was looking at this article today about Vim's 20th birthday http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2011/11/two-decades-of-productivity-vims-20th-anniversary.ars, and thought, "It isn't really Vim's 20th birthday. It's a lot closer to its 35th!" Because of course, vim is really just an extended and improved version of the venerable vi, the first screen-oriented editor for Unix.

While the article starts out with a history of vi, it somehow treats it as if it were a grandparent, rather than the template for what remains. The core design of vim reflects the design insights of Bill Joy, not those of Bram Moolenaar, who refined and updated them.

I find the same kind of historical revisionism about Linux and Unix. For all practical purposes, Linux IS Unix, the system designed by Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie, the system whose "architecture of participation" led to the first collaboratively developed operating system, of which Linux is an implementation. Linus Torvalds did a magnificent job of bringing Unix to its current level of success, but let's not forget the people who originally designed it.

It's important to distinguish between software that is a descendant of another piece of software, as say, Unix was a descendant of Multics, or Java of C, and software that is literally a version (albeit an improved version) of what went before.

I remember working with +Linda Lamb on the first edition of our book Learning the Vi Editor (now Learning the Vi and Vim Editors http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596529833.do ) back in 1986, when Vi was already a decade old. The intro I wrote for the original edition still survives, though it's been rewritten half a dozen times.

The original version of that introduction more clearly reflected my joy in discovering vi, it's seemingly arcane interface that actually turned out to be a marvel of design, so perfectly adapted to the needs of text editing that I have yet to find a better tool for the job. I celebrate Bram Moolenaar's update to Vi, but I celebrate even more deeply Bill Joy's original creation.
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+Daryl Teo I thought you would be interested in this one.
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i already suspect that anyway.
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a neat trick for implementing stronger typing in c
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I actually have no experience with those languages although i kind of wish i did. I guess it is another item on the todo list for me.
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The official 99% video

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I don't think there is any point talking unless you have a point to make.
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I think this quote summarises what is wrong with the education system as it now stands. Any thoughts?
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I believe it is all based on the beginning of our education systems. That is a hard thing to change the roots of so that the power of ignorance is non existent.

The history of 'knowledge, beliefs, skills and cultures of humanity', and of social values and behaviors is socialization in any educational environment is difficult to blend with such politics we have today. In the past some times 'education' of a culture was used to force out another. Education in other words was associated with wealth and the maintenance of authority.

There are places on this planet that still achieved orally and through observation and imitation such education. Such variation can be a good and bad thing. Good because each child needs a different way to learn at their own pace. Yet bad because sometimes those cultural beliefs and cultures some times take hold president value over truth and facts of the physical world. In this value there often arises such conflict between cultures and beliefs, and also these things to what we teach our children .'A formal schooling in literacy was often only available to a small part of the population, either at religious institutions or for the wealthy who could afford to pay for their tutors historically.'

However some times even now only the rich can participate in schools and the any one who can't afford the payments are destined to do without. There is so much competition in the work force and proof of education makes a big difference ,most of the time, if a person is to keep a skilled job or to join in that labor.

Skills are learned from an experienced person on the job for many. There are people presently that do not have free libraries that have all information of the world, books in free public schools, or access to internet in any form.
The compulsory education of people and organizations that try to give it can vary to some extent.There is some censoring of information in other words in some countries on some topics.
More often than not it is business that change how the education systems run. Schools are often businesses themselves and try to gain merit as being the best one.
When it comes to home schools there is good and bad points as well. 'Homeschooling may also be a factor in the choice of parenting style.' It depends of beliefs, culture, and if the teacher of a homeschooler would be willing not to censor information to if such education maybe bad or not. All kids should be allowed to ask questions an be able to get the resources in my opinion, but that is not always possible.
Then there is measurement of intelligence, and the mental state of people to act upon those things. Howard Gardner has a 'Multiple Intelligences Theory' of nine types of intelligence. The IQ tests are not completely accurate 100% of the time. Then there are personality tests, like that from Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers typology, but are they really reliable as well?

With competency training when it comes to skilled labor there is that barrier once again with culture and belief systems. Do we know how much we should educate, what to educate, and how to educate? There is variation in the good and bad of this. How do we know what is right in politics, culture, and beliefs? What is really the best way of all these things to learn and teach?

There is a song from Pink Flyod about not wanting education. There is a problems with how we educate in the world but I don't know how to change that. Wish I could find the solutions.
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+Ben Klein I bet you don't have a tardis quite like this :)
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Interesting article on he recent hacking of kernel.org
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