Watch people explain UNIX in 1982

Archive film showcases the promotion of operating system by Bell Labs

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If your knowledge of the UNIX operating system is basically the line from the 1993 movie "Jurassic Park" (where Lexie goes, "It's a UNIX system! I know this!), you might want to brush up a bit more on the subject. Sure, there's Wikipedia, but if you're a video fan, you'll want to check out this film, published today on YouTube by the folks from the AT&T Tech Channel.

The film, "The UNIX System: Making Computers Easier to Use" was aimed at students who were interested in engineering, math, computer science or other sciences, AT&T says. The film includes some brief interviews with Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson, who in 1969 created the system that would become UNIX. The film also features a discussion about spell-checking and grammar correction that many copy editors of today would find fascinating. For a "what the heck is that?" moment, jump ahead to the 22:33 mark, where the credits of the film include a computer-graphics dance/yoga sequence:

My other favorite moment in this film? The part where the woman was doing the speech recognition program (the computer was calculating 2 to the 100th power), and took some swigs from her coffee mug (at least, I hope that was coffee) while the computer kept talking. Yay limited editing!

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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