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I haven't read the whole thing, but love your Kanye reference 🙂


Haha, that song is a curse


From Neal Stephenson "In the Beginning was the Command Line" published in 1999: "Consider only one word: 'document'. When we document something in the real world, we make fixed, permanent, immutable records of it. But computer documents are volatile, ephemeral constellations of data. Sometimes (as when you've just opened or saved them) the document as portrayed in the window is identical to what is stored, under the same name, in a file on the disk, but other times (as when you have made changes without saving them) it is completely different. In any case, every time you hit 'Save' you annihilate the previous version of the 'document' and replace it with whatever happens to be in the window at the moment. So even the word 'save' is being used in a sence that is grotesquely misleading—'destroy one version, save another' would be more accurate".

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@dottedmag prescient 🙂


i wonder if he accidentally wiped out a bunch of work with an errant save-over by his word processor =)

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certainly reads like that


he should send a message to himself in the past and tell his past self to invent dropbox and use it