History Meme

Finally a meme I don’t mind participating in. Sadly most of the interesting bits are hidden behind that “sudo”.

{9a59223fbbfa3706fcb6f14a9d1c0e9d874b8faac7a72cc56b28c77d373fa104} history -1000 | awk '{a[$2]++ } END{for(i in a){print a[i] " " i}}'|sort -rn|head194 cd156 sudo73 rm50 ls45 less44 vi31 dpkg22 kill21 perl21 man

Posting Styles

The keepers of netiquette, have long fought over the correct way to reply to email, mailing list,forum, usenet, etc.. messages. Even though I almost always top or inline post, bottom posting is frequently expounded by digerati as the most appropriate and logical way to reply. Well this week I think I’ve come across what might be the definitive reason(at least for me) that top posting is in fact the one true way.

On a mailing list for a project I run, a list subscriber requested that replies sent to the list be top posted instead of bottom/inline. The subscriber happened to be vision impaired and it said that it was extremely difficult to follow a thread when his screen reader had to dig through all the extra/old text to find the new content in the reply.

So at least for me, until someone comes up with a screen reader that can deal with large amount of quoted text easily or somehow “skip to the content” in mail messages, I will stick with top posting and the rare occurrence that I need to inline post to clarify something.