[linux] Fwd: BookCrossing News & Whatnot - Spring Hire (fwd)

jeffsilv at u.washington.edu jeffsilv at u.washington.edu
Fri Mar 19 14:19:54 PST 2004





On Fri, 19 Mar 2004, Joshua Daniel Franklin wrote:


> > >I would say that the out of date books are better than nothing at all in

> > >terms of educational material. If Iraq is currently having trouble with

> > >basic infrustructural needs with things like like water and sewage, their

> > >probably not too concerned with having the most recent edition of books.

> > >I imagine broadband of any kind is pretty rare right now actually.

> >

> > I know, I was mostly being a wise-acre. You (and Richard) are quite

> > right that the bulk of the technology that we (on this list) use and

> > recommend is mature, well-documented, and doesn't differ radically from

> > that which was in use 5 years ago.

>

> Well, I'm in the middle of packing up my VAX assembly book right now!

>

I loved the VAX assembly language. Everything I bothered to learn after that (6502, 8080, Z-80, Z-8000, Alpha) (Well, the Z-8000 and the Alpha were not so bad, but they failed in the marketplace) was just so ad hoc.
One of these days, I am going to have to learn Pentium assembly so I can decrypt viruses, but I am not looking forward to that. I am putting it off until somebody actually writes a Linux virus :-) .

The whole concept of assembly language now seems so obsolete and academic.


Jeff




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