Brian Kernighan, the co-worker of Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie, the author of The Unix Programming Environment, the developer of AWK etc gave an informative talk: The Unix Legacy
This forerunner traced back the origin of Unix, showed the simplicity and
elegance of original Unix design, for example, pipe and grep. He also commented
GNU implementation as the bloating instance, such as
wc. At the end of
the speech, he demonstrated the vista of Unix, and the spirit behind the Unix.
Personally, I do not 100% agree the functionalities bloating. With 8k memory in
the original design, lots of functionalities are trimmed down to fit the small
memory footprint; while with more advanced hardware available, the developers
could take care of the voice from the minority. Support of multiple byte
wc may seem redundant for western European users, but it really make
more sense to the CJK users. It is really hard to make the tradeoff between the
number of similar applications of the length of the man pages.
The illustrated photo is also shot by Treo 650, so it is with the podcast, – a good and bad show case how versatile Treo 650 is in multimedia.