re: What are you "old enough to remember" in software development? VIEW POST

  • Basic and 6502 assembly on a C64 (1991)
  • The Borland Turbo Pascal and Turbo C IDEs (started using them in 1993)
  • Being excited when the first Netscape Navigator came out (end of 1994)
  • Switching to Firefox when it was still called Phoenix (version 0.5, 2002).
  • Having to add a ZAxisMapping option to the X config if you wanted the mouse wheel to work on Linux (switched to Linux in 1999).
  • The Usenet as main information source (still miss it)
  • JS being so new that DHTML (Dynamic HTML) was a term πŸ˜‚

I experienced the switch from X11 to Xorg... and writing the configs for both was the biiiiiigest pita in computer history


Haha, yes I was totally talking about X11 above. The early days of Linux were quite painful but fun at the same time.

Nothing quite like waiting two days for the kernel to re-compile only to discover that you left the sd driver out.

The move away from the monolithic kernel was such a vast improvement in maintainability.


But did you ever burn a mark into your monitor's phosphors when the config file your wrote was close to correct, but just not quite right?


Of course. I also remember how nervous I was when I first switched to GRUB. πŸ˜‚

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