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August 19th, 2009 No comments
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Unix Recovery Legend

March 16th, 2008 No comments

This classic article from Mario Wolczko first appeared on Usenet in 1986.

Have you ever left your terminal logged in, only to find when you came back to it that a (supposed) friend had typed “rm -rf ~/*” and was hovering over the keyboard with threats along the lines of “lend me a fiver ’til Thursday, or I hit return”? Undoubtedly the person in question would not have had the nerve to inflict such a trauma upon you, and was doing it in jest. So you’ve probably never experienced the worst of such disasters….

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So You Want To Be A UNIX Wizard? (The Loginataka)

March 15th, 2008 No comments

I first came across this dialogue several years ago, which I believe was originally written by Eric S. Raymond in 1993.

Speak, O Guru: How can I become a Unix Wizard?

O, Nobly Born: know that the Way to Wizardhood is long, and winding, and
Fraught with Risks. Thou must Attune thyself with the Source, attaining the
arcane Knowledge and Conversation of the System Libraries and Internals. Yea;
and such an all-consuming Time and Energy Sink is this as to greatly Imperil
thy Grade Point Average (if one thou hast), not to mention thy Sex Life (if one
thou hast). But persevere, oh Larval One; rewards beyond the Dreams of Lusers
await thee!

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