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Bill Joy, American Businessman ( November 8, 1954 - )

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Well, limbo is not a good place to be.~Bill Joy


Good Place Good Place

I got tired of people complaining that it was too hard to use UNIX because the editor was too complicated.~Bill Joy


People Tired Complaining

The point is that you want to have a system that is responsive.~Bill Joy


Want You Point

So Chuck and I looked at that and we hacked on em for a while, and eventually we ripped the stuff out of em and put some of it into what was then called en, which was really ed with some em features.~Bill Joy


Ripped Some Eventually

I remember right after Carter got elected, I was sitting in my apartment in Albany, CA, on a Saturday listening to people call Carter and ask stupid questions while I designed the screen editor.~Bill Joy


People Stupid Listening

I wish we hadn't used all the keys on the keyboard.~Bill Joy


Wish I Wish Keys

I think one of the interesting things is that vi is really a mode-based editor.~Bill Joy


Think Interesting Editor

I had almost rewritten all of the display code for windows, and that was when I gave up.~Bill Joy


Windows Up Almost

The fundamental problem with vi is that it doesn't have a mouse and therefore you've got all these commands.~Bill Joy


Problem You Mouse

I think multiple levels of undo would be wonderful, too.~Bill Joy


Think Wonderful I Think


I think the wonderful thing about vi is that it has such a good market share because we gave it away.~Bill Joy


Good Think Away

I think it killed the performance on a lot of the systems in the Labs for years because everyone had their own copy of it, but it wasn't being shared, and so they wasted huge amounts of memory back when memory was expensive.~Bill Joy


Memory Performance Think

I was surprised about vi going in, though, I didn't know it was in System V.~Bill Joy


Know Going System

I think editors have to come out of a certain kind of community.~Bill Joy


Community Think Kind

The reason I use ed is that I don't want to lose what's on the screen.~Bill Joy


Want Lose Reason

I just don't like to lose what's in the window.~Bill Joy


Window Lose Like

I started to write a new editor not too long ago and had it about half done after two days.~Bill Joy


Long New Done

Interleaf is very nice. I expect there to be a lot of competition for programs like that.~Bill Joy


Competition Nice Expect

Interleaf is based on the formatting process.~Bill Joy


Process Based

That lack of programmability is probably what ultimately will doom vi. It can't extend its domain.~Bill Joy


Will Domain Extend


It is formatted, and I'm tired of using vi. I get really bored.~Bill Joy


Tired Bored Get

But with Interleaf I don't even have a spell program.~Bill Joy


Spell Even Program

But no, I don't generally have trouble with spelling mistakes.~Bill Joy


Mistakes Trouble Spelling

I think the Macintosh proves that everyone can have a bitmapped display.~Bill Joy


Think Everyone I Think

Bitmap display is media compatible with dot matrix or laser printers.~Bill Joy


Media Laser Dot

Document preparation systems will also require large screen displays.~Bill Joy


Preparation Will Systems