June 30

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

I can’t sleep.

I have had sleeping problems since I can remember.

Some people say that you can’t sleep when reality is better than your dreams. Could it also be that you can’t sleep because your nightmares are scarier than your reality?

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June 30

Of Demons and Daemons

Many people equate the word “daemon” with the word “demon”, implying some kind of satanic connection between UNIX and the underworld.

This is an egregious misunderstanding. “Daemon” is actually a much older form of “demon”; daemons have no particular bias towards good or evil, but rather serve to help define a person’s character or personality.

The ancient Greeks’ concept of a “personal daemon” was similar to the modern concept of a “guardian angel”—eudaemonia is the state of being helped or protected by a kindly spirit.

As a rule, UNIX systems seem to be infested with both daemons and demons.

— Unix System Administration Handbook, page 403, by Evi Nemeth.

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