Yeah, this guy is crazy. Watching him operate is like when Scotty had to use the "quaint" keyboard.
I watched him grabbing an image off a satellite, format it and insert it into a cue to be displayed during the newscast. All cli stuff, with little shells popping up here and there to execute some pipe or daughter process for a split second, then disappearing.
Less than a minute, he wheeled his chair over to another Debian box used by the producer, of course with a GUI. He showed me the result of what he'd just done.
I really only caught one thing he'd done. These images have the equivalent of a URL. Rather than "see" the presence of the image, read then type the name, he used some sort of query to identify the name, piped it to a buffer, then the download command retrieved the name from the buffer. That took about 8 seconds, to get the download started.
He's a rather understated guy, real down to earth actually. He said you can pretty much do anything with a computer through emacs, rather than having to load up on X and a dm.
That idea left such an impression on me that over the years I have tried to learn emacs and give the power-ranger method a go.
uh-uh, nope, can't do it, no way, fergettabodit, not even, go-waaan, take a hike kid, mm-mm, no can do.....
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