Tuesday 2010-12-14

A good rule of thumb is this: Be adaptive unless doing so costs you 0.7 seconds or more of latency. 0.7 seconds is a magic number because, as Jef Raskin discovered while designing the Canon Cat, humans are almost incapable of noticing startup latency shorter than that; it gets lost in the mental overhead of changing the focus of attention.
-- The Art of Unix Programming by Eric Raymond

ESR? Sometimes that guy is scary. -Doug

yeah, it's worth separating people from their works. this text serves as a good overview of unix, while using ESR as a model for your kids is umm, well....

"Here's a guy who did some awesome stuff but was kinda crazy. Maybe find a middle ground there." -Doug