"The incredible bogosity of unix is one of the best kept
'open secrets' in the business." - Oct 1991
Unix-Haters Mailing List Archive
weenix.zip, 542,976, bytes, 1990-07-17 to 1993-10-04
No part of this archive was published in The Unix-Haters Handbook.
The contents of this archive have been sanitized for the protection of the innocent.
WATCH...as the monster begins its dreadful killing spree!
CRINGE...as the horrid pattern of user hostility takes shape!
CHANT..."You don't want to DO THAT!" as yet another system is led to Certain DESTRUCTION!
TRY to FLEE...until you realize THERE IS NO ESCAPE!
Items of Interest
Re: C++: The COBOL of the 90s.html - A calm, rational,
well-supported post on some of the problems with C & C++
The Sons of Martha, by Rudyard Kipling
- The "Anti-Unix" Spirit
I Miss VMS - Some of the essentials that unix lacks.
I Accuse Unix! - If unix wasn't so bad that you can't give
it away, Bill Gates would never have succeeded in selling Windows.
Requiem for a Dying Operating System - A Starlink mole has suggested
to me that project staff are not unaware of the sort of Unix failing detailed
here, but that the change to Unix was largely mandated by external pressures.
Canute could not hold back the tide (and knew it), and obviously neither
can Starlink, even it wants to. It's a pity however that the tide seems to
be largely composed of lemmings --- that is, slightly computer-literate users,
who are persuaded by the Unix hype, fancy joining the grep-awk priesthood,
and mistakenly confuse the time spent learning how to use Unix with productive
work. Unfortunately they never have to suffer the defects of the system they
have foisted on the rest of us.
Original Site: Requiem for a dying operating system
Mirror Site: Requiem for a dying operating system
Alternate Mirror Site: Requiem for a dying operating system
The Top Ten Ways to get Screwed by C
The Top Ten Ways to get Screwed by C (local copy)
MPCSL: probably the most prestigious computer science
laboratory in the world. - Expensive PhD researchers regularly
waste *days* trying to get files to come out of a printer or sitting around
waiting for NFS to get fixed so their machine will unwedge. It's officially
acknowledged both that this is a disaster and that it won't get fixed.
Computer Risks Digest - Forum On Risks To The Public In Computers
And Related Systems.
"It's almost too easy to retransmit anything sent to Risks to unix-haters."
- The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman,
ISBN 0-385-26774-6, Copyright 1988,257pp, US $15.95 / $21.95 Can
A Currency Book Published by Doubleday a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell publishing Group, Inc.
Use both knowledge in the world and knowledge in the head.
Simplify the structure of tasks.
Make things visible: bridge the gulfs of Execution and Evaluation.
Get the mappings right.
Exploit the power of constraints, both natural and artificial.
Design for error.
When all else fails, standardize.
- the mythical man-month: Essays on Software Engineering
by Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., ISBN 0-201-00650-2, Copyright 1975, 1982, 195pp,
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, US $23
comp.lang.c Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
"This monthly posting is always good for a laugh. (You've got to laugh to keep from crying)."
comp.unix.* Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Reviews of The Unix-Haters Handbook
Levin Niber: (Local Copy)
Unix. I hate It. Kill It. Please.,
Book Review by Paul Gobes
Review from The Network Observer, Vol. 1 No. 9
Review by Iain A F Fleming
Byte Magazine Review 1
Byte Magazine Review 2
Linux Gazette Review
"I feel very justified by this book; I feel that I am no longer alone."
Rob Slade Review
To Be Classified:
b l a c k h a r t@m i n d s p r i n g . c o m.i n v a l i d
"Your book is a pudding stuffed with apposite observations,
many well-conceived." - Dennis Ritchie
(on The Unix-Haters Handbook, ISBN 1-56884-203-1,
("He [Dennis Ritchie] and Ken Thompson are considered by many
to be the fathers of Unix.", ibid, p. xxx)
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