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Tuesday, December 05, 2006


One of my co-workers at Megacorp sent out an e-mail which included the following:

He comes to us from [company] in [location] where he was responsible for GUI development and product test in a Lunix environment.

My first thought? "My co-worker made a typo."

My second thought? "Wow, that's a nice shorthand word to describe someone who has worked on both Linux and Unix operating systems."

My third thought? "Oh, it really IS a typo." From sourceforge:

LNG is an [operating] system primarly for the good old Commodore64 home-computer. There also is a native version for the successor Commodore128. Ports to other 6502/6510 driven 8Bit Computers are possible but not yet started. LUnix started in 1993 and reached the internet in 1994. In 1997 LUnix0.1 was rewritten from scratch, the result is LNG.

But that's from this millennium. Here's something from the last millennium:

LUnix (little UNIX for C64)...

Updated Dec 7 1997

[LUnix] ... is an experimental operating system for the Commodore64/128 without additional hardware. (The Commodore64 was one of the first home computers. It had around 64kB RAM and a 8Bit CPU running at 1MHz. If you're looking for a operating system for your PC take a look at linux) The features of LUnix are: UNIX-like environment and command shell, multitasking, multisession. LUnix is free software!

Wikipedia provides an additional detail:

Unlike most Unix-like systems, LUnix is written in 6502 assembly language instead of C....

Friday, December 01, 2006

Delicious bundle anomaly

I have become a heavy user of del.icio.us, and I wanted to note something that just happened to me before I forget about it.

By way of background, I have adopted the convention of entering multi-word tags with plus signs (e.g. "vatican+city"). In addition, I am using bundles to categorize my tags - examples of my bundles include people, religion, and politics+and+government.

While reading a Wikipedia article, I entered the tag "united+states" for the article. Subsequently, but before I had placed "united+states" in a bundle, I realized that I should have used another tag, "united+states+of+america," which I had employed previously (to distinguish item with this tag from "united+states+of+europe."

"No problem," I thought, "I'll just use the del.icio.us handy dandy renaming utility to rename my united+states tag to united+states+of+america.

After I did this, however, I discovered that several of my previously-bundled tags were now unbundled:

I figure that the unbundledness of the old "united+states" tag somehow overwrote the bundledness of any of my tags that included the string "united+states" in them. Odd behavior.

Despite this and some another anomalies, the bundle feature of del.icio.us seems to be working fairly well.

P.S. Yes, this is an exercise in self-referentialism - whoops, I mean self+referentialism. Heh.