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Unix Documentary From AT&T Archives

Recently I’ve stubborn upon a documentary about Unix from AT&T archives. Somehow I can’t get it off my mind.

AT&T Archives: The UNIX Operating System on Youtube

I can’t wrap my head around the cumulative intelligence, experience, and creativity of people working at Bell Labs. Over 50 years ago, they created Unix, and their ideas are still alive today. Somehow they nailed it.

One cool thing to remind ourselves of in the day of phones with almost no usability posing as a computer: Unix was designed to be simple. I can imagine how difficult it may be for a modern user who is now, for the first time, confronted with the command line. But after the initial shock, no other way of communicating with a computer makes it seamless to achieve virtually anything. For sure, iPad is no substitute, no matter how much pure horsepower it has and how Apple will complicate its interface. Unix from the 70s still has to find a contender.

Also, Brian Kernighan is a natural-born star. Doing an official documentary while laying on a chair with feet on the desk? Totally based!