Does anybody know these people?
February 3, 2002 9:42 PM   Subscribe

Does anybody know these people? XEmacs and car nonwithstanding.
posted by swift (15 comments total)
It amazes me how many software developers out there don't know about XEmacs. It is the greatest dev tool ever!
posted by McBain at 9:48 PM on February 3, 2002

looks like a guy named ben and his car.... just being a wise ass here.
posted by Kafei at 9:49 PM on February 3, 2002

So, uh...why should we know him?
posted by Optamystic at 9:52 PM on February 3, 2002

It's Yul Brynner and his Volvo P1800?

Do I win anything?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:02 PM on February 3, 2002

i have used xemacs in the past. ben wing is not as involved as he once was (unless that has changed in the very recent past). other famous authors of xemacs include jwz. as an editor, xemacs is perhaps too programmable for my taste (it reads email, news, browses the web and allows one to chat over irc? bloat, bloat, overkill).
posted by moz at 10:17 PM on February 3, 2002

we had the mac vs. windows rehash a while back, can we have the vi vs. emacs fight now?
posted by hob at 10:54 PM on February 3, 2002

not unless you want to start, hob. i like neither vi nor emacs, but i don't really give a shit to begin with. use whatever you like.
posted by moz at 10:59 PM on February 3, 2002

Looks just like the guy from the Seinfeld episode when Elaine gives the guy in fatigues a promotion at the Peterman catalogue instead of firing him. *(in this pic)
posted by Eric Lloyd NYC at 12:41 AM on February 4, 2002

Ain't that car picture Guerrero Street in SF? I once met Martin Buchholz, another XEmacs developer who worked in Tsukuba, presumably with Wing.
posted by mlinksva at 1:46 AM on February 4, 2002

ah, the old vi vs emacs debate...
the worse was i was using pico at the time (holds head in shame). :wq/ZZ
posted by Zebulun at 2:17 AM on February 4, 2002

I don't know him, but I'm starting to get worried, after reading about Ben's chronic pain.
posted by chrismear at 3:26 AM on February 4, 2002

(chanting) V-I, V-I, V-I !!!!

It's hard to sing its praises considering, y'know, how fucked up it is, but you use what you know, and I never spent much time using emacs.

I hate how a simple Windows text editor becomes rocket-science after using vi for a while (I'm always sticking "i"s everywhere), but it is fast, once you know it.

Sorry for the derail. This XEmacs sounds cool.
posted by jpoulos at 6:26 AM on February 4, 2002

If you like x?emacs but don't need all the features, you might try MicroEmacs.
It's what I use and what Linus uses.
posted by sonofsamiam at 8:28 AM on February 4, 2002

pico rules. Who wants to start emacs to tap in a quick note or couple of lines? I wouldn't want to code in it though. Bleurgh.
posted by vbfg at 9:03 AM on February 4, 2002

Heh, I ran across this guy a couple years ago when I was typing random domain names in my browser.
posted by pekar wood at 6:52 AM on February 5, 2002

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