Intermarkets' Privacy Policy
Support
Unworthy: We're Losing the Battle of Ideas to a Bunch of Low-Information Snarking Hipsters | Main | Pre-ONT jam...Iggy! [Purp]
February 17, 2013

Tech flashback - text editing [Purp]

Everyone uses a text editor of some sort, right? They've been around forever but seem to have gotten rather ummm...the German word would be Zaftig, perhaps even more than just Zaftig...



Its coming on 25 years now since I discovered this little gem of a plain text editor Sam Wilmott wrote. I even sent him some cash way back when because I was so impressed with its power/size ratio and its RAW FREAKING SPEED. I used it for many years while working at IBM. This tiny little editor (well under 20K), packed more functionality per byte than almost any piece of software I've ever seen. When other editors (like BRIEF) had text dribbling across a screen on an old 4.77mhz 8088 when you leaned on the PgDn key, SLED would make it fly by in a blur.

I continue to use it to this day occasionally (along with BRIEF) for plain text editing.

If you'd like to experience what a real software craftsman can do with a bit of code no larger than most avatar graphics images, download SLED and give it a try. Bits don't rot -- its every bit as good today as it was back in 1987, and that was very good indeed.

You can download SLED here. Its a plain DOS app, but will run fine under any version of Windows or anything that has a DOS emulation.

digg this
posted by Open Blogger at 07:10 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Notsothoreau: "25 pounds of regular oats was $14.50 on 9/16 at Wi ..."

Captain Whitebread: "All I need now is a bean bag chair and some Cheeto ..."

weft cut-loop [/i] [/b]: "[i]>>The thing I don't get about I am Legend or Om ..."

Swatara : "A Moron version of the vampire apockyclipse would ..."

Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper: "[i]Because Neville needed a steady supply of vampi ..."

garrett: "Congrats, Whitebread. ..."

Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper: "[i]276 269 Looks like Hagan and Franken will safel ..."

Misanthropic Humanitarian, Jay Cutler is my MVP: "A Moron version of the vampire apockyclipse would ..."

Cicero Kaboom! Kid : "maybe rewatch I am Legend The Crazies World ..."

speedster1: "258 Trebuchet If you're still here: The SW ..."

IllTemperedCur: " The thing I don't get about I am Legend or Omega ..."

Janet Reno: "276 269 Looks like Hagan and Franken will safely w ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64