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Linux.com: Best of Both Worlds

Jul 17, 2000, 12:51 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Gebauer)

"Last month, my skills in using GNU Emacs have improved greatly. I've learned e-lisp fairly well, and I can make adjustments in rather advanced Emacs settings. But to get to that point, I had to read a great deal of documentation and spend a lot of time figuring out all the things that "go without saying."

"It demanded some sweating, but I feel this is my kind of tool. It didn't appeal to many of my colleagues, though. This is most likely due to the fact that some people just don't care about details. They only want to keep it simple. Instead of Ctrl-X O to change frame, they want a button click on the mouse. Instead of Ctrl-X F to read a file into the buffer, choose file menu and click on open. Preferably, the menus have big, multi-colored icons that in some way represent the action."

"My colleagues don't care about the fact that I can tinker with Emacs until Ctrl-X O means "open new frame, find three random files, dump some memory to them, save them in my home directory and then send them as email to all my relatives" for the simple reason that they don't need it. Fair enough -- they simply don't care."

"Most people who use computers don't care how computers work or how to use them aside from the simple tasks for which they were put there. "I want spreadsheet to do my accounting. Why should I ever learn how to configure network adapters, change terminal settings, or use vi to change init scripts?" The answer to that question is, you don't! That's why we have sysadmins."

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