What would happen if you took a text editor that nobody really thought about, exposed it to massive does of gamma radiation, and cut it loose to rampage text files, your file directory, your e-mail and the Internet beyond?
Well, first thing is, you’d hear a lot of crying and whimpering in the background. That would be emacs fans openly weeping in their lukewarm chay while vi fans rubbed their temples and whined about how life isn’t fair. And edbrowse would be to blame for that.
You remember ed, of course — the surly, ungainly, tight-lipped text editor that everyone usually laughs about before dismissing as an holdover from the Unix of 30 years ago.
Well, someone got it into their head to take ed and pump it full of steroids, teach it how to navigate directory trees, how to handle e-mail and how to traverse the Internet. And the result is pure, unadulterated evil.
But in a good way. 🙄 Much of the original ed is still here, and I’d venture to guess (but I can’t be 100 percent sure) that anything ed can do, edbrowse can do too.
Yes, this is where the wailing and gnashing of teeth come in. You can smell the fear in the air.
ed alone was easy enough to pat on the head and send to the dustbin of history, and laugh at behind its back. But this new ed, this edbrowse. …
This is a force to be reckoned with. 😯