Chad Perrin: SOB

5 September 2006

RMS had RMS: the irony of Esc+Meta+Alt+Ctrl+Shift

Filed under: Geek — apotheon @ 02:25

Does anyone else find it terribly ironic that Richard Matthew Stallman (aka RMS), inventor of EMACS (known for its extremely complex keyboard shortcut sequences), developed a crippling case of repetitive motion syndrome (aka RMS) in his hands that was so bad he was unable to write code for several years? Some might call that poetic justice. I just call it a warning to the wise, and ample justification for my preference for Vim over EMACS.

On the other hand, I really do wish Vim was written in Lisp, and used Lisp for its configuration files, the way EMACS does. Perhaps that’s a software fork project for the (distant?) future.


  1. Poetic justice indeed

    Comment by SterlingCamden — 5 September 2006 @ 10:40

  2. Never heard of Repetitive Motion Syndrome before. Repetitive Strain Syndrome (or Injury), though …

    Still, it’s no surprise. :-P

    Comment by h3st — 6 September 2006 @ 12:27

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