A desperate lunge for on-topic-ness
gheskett at wdtv.com
Fri Oct 19 00:53:47 CEST 2012
On Thursday 18 October 2012 18:40:52 Grant Edwards did opine:
> On 2012-10-18, Den <patentsvnc at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Wednesday, October 17, 2012 11:06:43 PM UTC-7, Zero Piraeus wrote:
> >> What are people's preferred strategies for dealing with lines that go
> >> over 79 characters? A few I can think of off the bat:
> > I personally just keep typing until my statement is finished. This
> > is my program, not PEP's.
> > But I have to say I'm amused by the whole question, and others
> > related to PEP8. A quick aside, the width of our roads all go back
> > to the width of a two horse rig. The suggested maximum of 80
> > characters goes back to teletype machines, and IBM cards, and
> > character based terminals
> > Should that really be the basis for a suggested style now?
> You don't expect me to through my Heathkit H19 terminal in the trash,
> do you? :)
Or me to delete the vt-220 I wrote to run on a TRS-80 Color Computer
running OS-9 for an OS, 20 years ago when the Dec made one ate its H.O.T. &
Dec would not sell me a H.O.T. since it was over 5 years old and wanted
$2995 for brand new vt-550 (with no guarantee it would be compatible)?
That, and their field service engineers inability to fix a crashing hourly
or more PDP-11/723a amply explains why DEC is no longer with us.
That single obstinate computer made the CBS tv network design a new system
and distribute it gratis to every network affiliate they had, somewhere
around 125 stations, at a cost of at least 10G's a station.
Screw that. I had better things to than throw more good money after bad.
So did CBS at the time.
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