I have a semi-working time machine: I can go forward in time, albeit slowly, and am working on getting backwards travel to work as well. Here is a list of things I will do once I have that working.

  • Go to 1976 or 1977 and convince Stephen Bourne to make “set -e” be the default setting the shell he develops.
  • Go to 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001 to keep convincing Linus Torvalds that the default keyboard mapping in the Linux kernel should remain the Finnish one. After 2001 it should be entrenched enough that nobody wants it changed.
  • Convince Finland of 1991 that switching from the national 7-bit character set (a variant of ASCII) to 8-bit Latin1 is a mistake, and for the same pain we could switch to Unicode/UTF-8 directly, rather than having a second painful switch later on.
  • Convince Dennis Ritchie to rip out gets from the standard C library.

This just in: I will be told by myself that in in about two weeks I will have never started working on a time machine, because of all the pain it would have caused. This page will not have ever been created.