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Fear the command line? Maybe you shouldn't

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Mad Merlin, Mar 9, 2004.

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Will you be seeing "Farenheit 9/11" and why?

  1. Yes, I love Michael Moore

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  2. No, I hate Micheal Moore

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  3. Yes, but it's because I'm being dragged

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  4. No, but it's because I can't for some reason

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  5. Yes, but I still think that Michael Moore is a danger to free thought

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  6. No, and I'll be outside the theatre protesting

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  7. Yes, because I hate Bush so much

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  8. No, because I want to support Bush

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  9. Yes, but for an unlisted reason

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  10. No, but for an unlisted reason

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  1. Mad Merlin

    Mad Merlin IncGamers Member

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    Fear the command line? Maybe you shouldn't

    I found this story interesting. Basically it brings up a few good points about why a command line is more natural and easier to learn for those inexperienced with computers. I hadn't really thought about it in the past, but most of it makes sense when you stop and consider it.

    A brief quote:

    What are your thoughts?
     
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    Drosselmeier IncGamers Member

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    I like the command line. Sometimes I pull down the shades, turn off all the lamps and put my S.H.A. T-shirt on just to get in the mood... then I write some commands. It makes me feel like a hacker.

    The story has a point, if I have to be serious in this post. Learning a few commands doesn´t have to be harder than learning to rummage your way through zillions of windows and tabs.
     
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    tarnok IncGamers Member

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    Have you read In the Beginning was the Command Line? Good book. Don't know who wrote it now.
     
  4. Mad Merlin

    Mad Merlin IncGamers Member

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    Can't say I have, sounds interesting though.
     
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    {KOW}Spazed Banned

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    So this is why I like Unix. . .interesting.


    % logout
     
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    Cain IncGamers Member

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    I use it often, but for some things I prefer a gui. My first computer only had DOS so I started out on the command line. I stopped using it once I got windows 95, and then started using it again in school for Unix, Linux, and Qnx.
     
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    I've always like command line because it was more direct...but I don't get to use it much seeing as XP doesn't have DOS...or anything associated with it.
     
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    In Unix Clones, it is almost essential to learn SOME command line usage because you can execute batch commands lightspeeds faster than a GUI.

    Still, when being presented with a large amount of information, I like GUI's to organize things. I mean, browsing the web with lynx (pseudo-CL web browser) is not exactly my idea of a good time.
     
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    Steel_Avatar IncGamers Member

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    I use the command line, but while it may be a bit simpler, it's only good when you're dealing with small amounts of information. Once there gets to be too much, a console can't display it in a meaningful way, in my opinion.
     
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    {KOW}Spazed Banned

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    I am running OS X and I don't need to know any UNIX, I am doing it for my own geeky enjoyment. I will also say that Apple has by far made the best GUI for a Unix system.
     
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    I like the command line for the small, ocassional task. It's handy to do things you can't in windows. Like deleting files windows uses when it's running. So restart and boot to a DOS prompt and command line yourself to death.
     
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    *beats Sarge with a command line*

    :D
     
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    The ONLY time I EVER use my command line is to refresh/reset my IP address, that's it. Oh, and only if I can remember the command to.
     
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    *nonchalantly enters C:\del *steel_avatar* /F /Q*

    *presses return key*
     
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    rm -rf /*
    Oops.
     
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    % passwd
    Changing password for Sergeant.
    Old password:
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    Retype new password:



    Kekeke
     
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    Neal Stephenson

    It's actually what got me to try Linux for the first time. I started out with RH 5.2 running on a headless 486 that I telnetted in to.
     
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    If you're doing extremely large software development (like making an OS or a big game?) then command-line is the way to go. If you ARENT using command line while developing big software...then I hope you run out of memory you flippin' moron!

    Also, some installers for software have a direct command-line interface that installs the software to default locations with default settings....I think that is much more efficient than running the GUI and clicking next, next, next, next, next, next, finish.

    Both command-line and GUI have their place...I like them equally.
     
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    as a network tech, the command line is my friend (if you plan on using windows 2k3 server you better know the command line)
     
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    c:\Dos

    c:\Dos run

    run dos run! HAHGSAHAGA
     

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