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August 27, 2007

after seven and a half million years of calculation…

devadutta @ 10:25 am, GMT +0000 ( 1188210327 ) Play

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2 pays tribute to what 1 is based on. How?

Cracked by:
Srikanth , Anuj , nihit , Hema , Shashank Hegde , Preetish , piezocake , Abhishek , Ganesh Prasad , prabhu_dc , srichand, keerthi (a bit late)

Answer:

1. A still from the movie “Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy”, which is based on the popular geek book with the same title.
2. vim’s logo

The title was a hint to reach hhgtg via google :)

type :help! and :help 42 in Ex mode and experience the thrill :P

If you dont want the thrill, read on

Type “help!” into vi in “Ex” mode (after you enter “:”), and the editor replies “Don’t Panic!”“Don’t Panic” is the text inscribed on the front of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, in “large, friendly letters”, which is a fictional book in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Neville Adams.

In the text editor vim, the command “:help 42″ yields the text:
What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything? *42* Douglas Adams, the only person who knew what this question really was about is now dead, unfortunately. So now you might wonder what the meaning of death is…

Quoting Srikanth and nihit.

(There are two kinds of laziness.. this is good laziness.. :) )


14 Responses to “after seven and a half million years of calculation…”

  1. Srikanth

    Type “help!” into vi in “Ex” mode (after you enter “:”), and the editor replies “Don’t Panic!”

    “Don’t Panic” is the text inscribed on the front of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, in “large, friendly letters”, which is a fictional book in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Neville Adams.

    The first picture is a publicity still from the movie Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, based on the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, which featured the book Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

    So, the connect is Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

    And yeah, in case we forget, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.


  2. In vim do the following:

    :help 42

    You get a H2G2 response.


  3. nihit
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    1 is a depiction of Deep Thought from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
    2 is the VIM text editor.

    And the the connection (or tribute):
    In the text editor vim, the command “:help 42″ yields the text:
    What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything? *42* Douglas Adams, the only person who knew what this question really was about is now dead, unfortunately. So now you might wonder what the meaning of death is…


  4. Hema

    In the text editor vim, the command “:help 42” yields the following text:

    What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything? *42* Douglas Adams, the only person who knew what this question really was about is now dead, unfortunately. So now you might wonder what the meaning of death is…

    Further, the command “:help!” displays “Don’t Panic!”.


  5. Shashank Hegde

    :h 42

    1. From Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy
    2. VIM – The text ed


  6. Prasanth
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    The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy game AND the Vi improved text editor ran on amiga?


  7. Prasanth
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    plus i also think Vim was a text editor and hitchhikers guide’s first game was played on a text editor


  8. Preetish

    The first pic is of Deep Thought(the second greatest computer in all of time and space).
    The Answer to The Ultimate Question Of Life, the Universe and Everything is a fictional solution in Douglas Adams’s series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The “Answer” is simply “42.” This answer is produced using this Deep Thought.It generated the Answer after a very long computation time (7.5 million years).
    The 2nd pic is of Vim text editor. Entering the command :help 42 within Vim returns the following quote:

    “What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything? *42* Douglas Adams, the only person who knew what this question really was about is now dead, unfortunately. So now you might wonder what the meaning of death is. . .”

    This is how Vim pays tribute to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy :)
    Hope i m correct :)


  9. piezocake

    :help!
    :help 42


  10. Abhishek
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    In the text editor vim, the command “:help 42” yields the following text:
    What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything? *42* Douglas Adams, the only person who knew what this question really was about is now dead, unfortunately. So now you might wonder what the meaning of death is…

    Furthermore, the command “:help!” displays “Don’t Panic!”.


  11. Ganesh Prasad

    Pic1 is of the hypercomputer ‘Deep thought’ from the Hitchchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.It was created to come up with the ‘ultimate answer to Life,the universe and everything’,When, after seven and a half million years of calculation, the answer finally turns out to be 42.

    Pic2 is the Vim editor logo.
    Entering the command :help 42 within Vim returns the following quote:

    “What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything?

    http://articles.techrepublic.c.....44346.html


  12. Hmm . . “Hithchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy”
    One would be specifying Hithchhiker’s guide to the galaxy. According to the book the ultimate answer for the universe and everything is 42.
    In the vim editor the command :help 42 yields a text that supports this.
    “What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything? *42* Douglas Adams, the only person who knew what this question really was about is now dead, unfortunately. So now you might wonder what the meaning of death is…”, hence 2 pays tribute to one.


  13. Simple question.

    :help 42 on vi reference Douglas Adams’ legendary Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy. The computer, deep thought, in the book figures out the answer to “The question of life, the universe and everything” to be 42.

    Picture 1 is from the movie of the book, picture 2 is the logo of the new version of vi.

    Yet another connect: The movie is a modified (and diluted?) version of the story of the book. Vim is a modified version of vi, the original editor.


  14. Keerthi

    MEANING OF LIFE

    1 is a still from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. The film is based on finding the meaning of life. It is postulated that the meaning of life can be found out in seven and half million years of calculation.

    The connect is in VIM Type :h 42 to find out the meaning of life


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