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xkcd: Old Days 2 - 過ぎ去りし日2


Old Days 2(過ぎ去りし日2)

男: What was the Internet like in the olden days, for a developer?
女: Oh, things were very different.
女: The cloud was a lot smaller. It was called a "mainframe" and it was near Sacramento.
女: It was on the state landline, so the whole industry paused when the governor had to make a phone call.

女: There was no memory protection. If you wanted to write to an address, you would call around to ask whether anyone else was using it.
女: Often Bill Gates would say he was, even when he wasn't. That's how Microsoft got its early foothold.
男: Wow.

女: "Git" was originally a van that circled around gathering data tapes to copy and distribute. We all took turns driving it.
女: When you saw it coming you'd blow an air horn to request that it pull over.
女: That's where "pull request" came from.
男: Oh, neat!
女: Before terminals, we all used punch cards, which were originally developed to control looms.
女: Early mainframes would produce a sweater each time you ran your code.
女: Eventually we got them to stop. We had enough sweaters.

Alt-text: The git vehicle fleet eventually pivoted to selling ice cream, but some holdovers remain. If you flag down an ice cream truck and hand the driver a floppy disk, a few hours later you'll get an invite to a git repo.





 XKCDの作者、ランドール マンロー氏の著作本『ホワット・イフ?:野球のボールを光速で投げたらどうなるか』を紹介します。ウェブサイトに投稿された科学のおかしな質問を、XKCDばりの捻くれ方で回答し、それらを本にまとめたものです。こちらも面白いので是非に。

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