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Tue Nov 9 01:00:01 PST 2010


> I have to confess that I'm a "vi guy." When I was new to
> UNIX, I actually started out using emacs (not GNU emacs, but
> Gosling's Emacs, in the early days of the emacs wars) and
> loved it. But then one day, I discovered that someone had
> blown away the custom emacs profile that I had gotten
> comfortable with. It took about a week for me to get it
> restored, and in the meantime, I switched to vi, and got
> hooked.
>
> What I especially liked about vi was precisely that I didn't
> have to have all these nifty customizations to make it
> really usable. What really distinguished vi from emacs in my
> mind was that it was just there on any system I sat down at-
> -tremendously portable. I didn't have to copy my emacs
> profile around to sit down and do useful work on someone
> else's machine.



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