About a year later we hired a young kid from Pittsburgh named Jamie
Zawinski. He was not much more than 20 years old and came highly recommended
by Scott Fahlman. We called him “The Kid.” He was a lot of fun to have
around: not a bad hacker and definitely in a demographic we didn^Rt have
of at Lucid. He wanted to find out about the people at the company,
particularly me since I had been the one to take a risk on him, including
moving him to the West Coast. His way of finding out was to look through my
computer directories - none of them were protected. He found the EuroPAL
paper, and found the part about worse is better. He connected these ideas to
those of Richard Stallman, whom I knew fairly well since I had been a
spokesman for the League for Programming Freedom for a number of years. JWZ
excerpted the worse-is-better sections and sent them to his friends at CMU,
who sent them to their friends at Bell Labs, who sent them to their friends
Worse is Better
This is the history of the rather famous Computer Science paper “Worse is
Better” and the context in which it was oringally intended.
And yes, it's that Jamie Zawinski.
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