Code & Pinot: UNIX!

published on 2015-04-23 in computing

I gave a presentation tonight at Nashville Girl Geek Dinner's Code & Pinot event. We went over some UNIX history and did a bit of command line intro. Action shot:

It was a great event! I had a lot of fun teaching something I'm passionate about (while de-rusting a bit on relating the basics!) and had some great conversation afterwards. I've given the history talk a number of times over the years, but the GGD Nashville crew got to experience my first test of this talk with slides! \o/ You can download my history presentation here. And here is the history of what I typed during the UNIX lesson.

Side note: We discussed the historically famous "Space Travel" game (look it up). But, all I knew was that it was a game...and I'm not a gamer. So, I had to look it up a bit more when I got home. Apparently it let you simulate travel between planets in our solar system and cost about $50-$75 in 1969 money to play a round on the GE 645 running MULTICS! Which is $320-$482 in 2015 money. No wonder re-writing the whole OS on cheaper hardware was worth it. :-P

If any of you were there and would like to know more, here are some good links that I used when re-acquainting myself with UNIX's colorful history and some beginner material:

More History of UNIX http://www.albion.com/security/intro-2.html http://web.mit.edu/saltzer/www/multics.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Unix http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix

Other Good Intros http://freeengineer.org/learnUNIXin10minutes.html http://cli.learncodethehardway.org/book/

Don’t have UNIX to play with? Get it in the browser with JS/UIX! http://www.masswerk.at/jsuix/

Cheat Sheets http://files.fosswire.com/2007/08/fwunixref.pdf http://sites.tufts.edu/cbi/files/2013/01/linux_cheat_sheet.pdf

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