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December 10, 2003

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 8:28 PM

“Worse is Better”? Jim Waldo claims that not really, Worse is simply Worse.

I had an interesting idea today, combining two of my favorite computational pasttimes, lisp and operating systems. Need to ruminate on it some more and write it up.


  1. The author seems merely to be annoyed that he had misunderstood “worse is better” for a long time, and that now his misunderstadning shifted.
    “Worse is better” really does mean “quick and dirty is better” (unlike what the author says) — the rest of the paper goes to prove why q&d results in systems which do less with less — and the second less is the more important one. This has nothing to do with “goodness metrics” and everything to do with how quickly implementing something that works is a powerful tool. (Cf. Linux vs. HURD)

    Comment by moshez — December 10, 2003 @ 11:49 AM | Reply

  2. Sounds interesting. Lisp, and OS.
    One more day to CtF!

    Comment by ideawerkz — December 10, 2003 @ 6:38 PM | Reply

  3. Rejuvenation of SchemeOS?
    Remember SchemeOS? The one that never came to life?

    Comment by omerm — December 14, 2003 @ 9:44 AM | Reply

    • Re: Rejuvenation of SchemeOS?
      Indeed… subconcious influence, perhaps… 🙂

      Comment by mulix — December 14, 2003 @ 1:48 PM | Reply

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