Subject: Re: Packages in CMUCL
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Fri, 05 Apr 2002 22:09:37 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Lorance Stinson <>
| I must agree fully.  When I work on a new system, language or what have
| you I put my past experiences to use.  But I only do this when it is
| appropriate.

  Great!  :)

| I don't use my Unix experience when working on Novell for example.  I
| have encountered many people that try to put the most remote past
| experiences to use on something that is completely unrelated.  Like a
| person I have worked with attempting to put past DOS experiences to use
| on UNIX, and continually ignoring that they are different and give
| different results.

  Gotta relate one of the more bizarre stories I experienced.  At the U of
  Oslo, CS dept, some of us had access to good old 9-track tape stations
  and made our own private backups on 3600' tapes.  In the process of doing
  just that one day, a childhood friend of mine came by and saw me through
  the machine room window and wanted to know what I was doing; this was
  nowhere near what he was used to, having been to a technical college
  before the university.  So I explained tapes and he seemed to get it, but
  then he asked how the FAT was updated on the tape, as he saw some serious
  problems with that.

  In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none.
  In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.

  Post with compassion: