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[-] nephelekonstantatou 58 points 3 months ago

Never let programmers name things 😁

[-] [email protected] 35 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

Web browsers: elinks, based on links, which I'm pretty sure was a play on words on lynx, which is a play on words on "links" on a web page.

Then there's email. There's mahogany and balsa and mulberry, which are in-jokes referring to pine, which was a joke referring to elm, which stood for ELectronic Mail. Pine has been forked to alpine, in an entirely different play on words.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 3 months ago

Pine has been forked to Alpine

Wonder if it runs on Alpine the Linux distro.

In other news, I never knew pine's genetic code still lives on; but I miss elm more. Can we do uw-imap too? Dovecot annoys me.

[-] beaiouns 5 points 3 months ago

I've run alpine on alpine, it works just fine

[-] [email protected] 7 points 3 months ago

Naming things is hard, and everyone remembers these names, so they must have done something right.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 months ago

Yes, naming things one of the three hard computing problems left along with cache invalidation.

[-] jungle 1 points 3 months ago

I feel bad that you've been left hanging there.

What's the third one? :)

[-] Pyroglyph 2 points 3 months ago

Probably off-by-one errors

[-] KrapKake 4 points 3 months ago

Yea no kidding. Gnome is pronounced Guhnome, Mate DE is pronounced Matay, Open Suse is susuh not soos, and Qt is to be pronounced as "cute" instead of just... Q-T. Many such cases.

[-] cmbabul 3 points 3 months ago

Wait for real? I don’t think I’ve heard many say those terms out loud, i pronounce them in my head Nome, Mate, Soos, and q-t

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