[mythtv-users] posting protocol - bottom vs. top???
mythtv at corky.co
Sat Feb 16 23:02:04 UTC 2019
On 2019-02-16 22:46, Allen Edwards wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 12:58 PM Simon Hobson <linux at thehobsons.co.uk>
>> Allen Edwards <allen.p.edwards at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> This is the only place I have ever seen bottom posting. It is a pain
>>> but clearly much worse to do mixed posting.
>> Short history lesson - "somewhat simplified". Once upon a time, the
>> internet was small and mostly occupied by academics - and as it grew,
>> it still retained that element of a community. Certain things were
>> taken for granted - trimmed quotes, bottom posting and use of plain
>> text - and programs worked with those.
> I guess I don't go back that far. I did save some correspondence that
> was important to me from 1994 and it is top posted. I looked for some
> old Usenet posts but they are kind of hard to find. At one time I
> could just search on my name and my old usenet posts would come up. Not
> anymore. All I get is some hair stylist.
Here's one of the oldest emails I have, rather proud of it:
On 2006-09-25 20:31, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Mon, 25 Sep 2006, Tim Phipps wrote:
>> Just read you article about why GPL2 is so good and noticed you
>> reliving the pain of an expensive Minix license. I would like to offer
>> to ease that pain by buying it off you if you still have it. Money is
>> bit short so I can't offer more than $10 for it. Please don't E-bay it
>> as it would probably rocket up out of my reach.
> I don't even know what happened to my set of disks with Minix on them.
> may even have it somewhere in a box (but that's unlikely - I've moved
> many times since them), but hey, if I still have them, I'd probably
> not sell them to you.
> And the $169 (plus postage and handling - I think it came to more than
> thousand fin-marks) doesn't really sting _any_more_ as much as it did
> then. I'm not a poor university student any more, and while I look back
> those days with fondness, I have to say that I'm just as happy those
> are over ;)
> [ Side note: I'm not really sure that the $169 was even accurate. I was
> thinking about it yesterday after I wrote it, and wondering why I'd
> remember a number like that, especially since I _paid_ for it in FIM.
> while I think it's in the right price-range, I wonder if it might not
> that this is a planted memory.
> I was thinking that 169 is the 6502 machine code for "LDA", which is
> where I might have gotten it from. Which is _really_ scary, since I
> haven't programmed in 6502 machine code in more than twenty years. ]
> But if I find the box (actually, I think it was a big white binder),
> think of you,
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