saintonge at telus.net
Wed May 3 00:35:14 UTC 2006
Neil Harris wrote:
>Joe Anderson wrote:
>>John, Not suitable for inclusion in the encyclopedia due to limited scope of
>>interest is pretty much what I thought it meant.
>Unfortunately, the original meaning of the hacker term "cruft" is (at
>its most polite) "undiscarded technical clutter".
I started looking back into where this term comes from and Google Book
Search gave me "...we meet with vaft galleries, along which, and out of
which, the lava has flowed, leaving the cruft entire." They credit the
extract to the "Transactions of the Royal Society of Edimburgh" without
giving a date. They also give only snippets of the work. This is
apparently out of respect for copyrights. The use of the long "S" in
typography was abandoned rather abrubtly around the year 1800. Even
admitting that a few of the Scots' southrrn neighbours would consider
them a little backwards, this seems more like an example of Google-cruft.
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