Saturday, January 28, 2006

Somebody else

Even if you don't frequent OneAndOneIs2, you're probably familiar with the author's "Linux is not Windows" article. One of the examples of functionality Vs. User-Friendliness is given by comparing VI's method of copying 5 lines to the bottom of the page (type d5d Shift-g p) to any Microsoft text editor (selecting the 5 lines block by either keyboard or mouse, cutting, scrolling to the bottom and pasting). Now this seems fairly straight forwards and simple. However, one guy didn't find it as straightforward. While both this article and OneAndOne's rebuttal tell the whole story, please notice what, according to PC Pipeline is the actual process of getting those 5 lines copied down:
ESC
d5d
ENTER
:Shift-g
ENTER
:p

My immediate reaction upon seeing this was "uh... no". Now I'm no VI guru, but where the hell did all those ':' and ENTERs come from? Click on the links for the whole story, I'll just laugh away here.

(I realise the link is to VIm's site and not VI's. Find me VI's site and I'll link to it)

2 Comments:

At 29 January, 2006 14:49, Blogger Dominic said...

Heh. Somebody's obviously had a quiet word with the guy - he's edited his post :)

He's left the attitude in, but it looses something when he's only saying that you might have to hit [ESC] first, somehow :)

 
At 30 January, 2006 17:24, Blogger Erez said...

Barrel of laughter, that guy. And he starts so nice with the Gates thing.

 

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