Thursday, February 9, 2012

copying and pasting

sitting down doing nothing is not that all unproductive. in my case, it pushed me to think about small things in life. and one of them is "copy and paste". i know it's silly but just think of it. when was it first used? to what machine and what operating system? how was it conceived or how did originate? now, if you ask why is it important to discuss this, it is not. well, not so important, in general. my point, anything can be worth blogging. even just the tiniest, unrespected matter or, in this case, action.

let's define it first. copying and pasting requires the action of highlighting a certain character, file or element first. then, copying by several means like pressing ctrl+C or clicking file on drop down menu the selecting the word "copy". finally, going to where it is to be pasted and pasting it by, this time, pressing ctrl+V or clicking file on drop down menu the selecting the word "paste". let me remind you that this is only limited to what i know. other procedures and articles are all over the net.

next, how did it came about? let me check google.

The term "cut and paste" comes from the traditional practice in manuscript-editings whereby people would literally cut paragraphs from a page with scissors and physically paste them onto another page. This practice remained standard as late as the 1970s. Stationery stores formerly sold "editing scissors" with blades long enough to cut an 8½"-wide page. The advent of photocopiers made the practice easier and more flexible. 
- wikipedia
now it gets more interesting. isn't it nice to know that there's a lot that you can do on your spare time?

ps: can anyone please coin a word for copy/paste?