There are many different holy wars to be fought in nerddom. Star Wars vs Star Trek. Windows vs Linux vs Mac vs Solaris vs BSD vs DOS 6.22. Two of the most pointlessimportant happen to be Pirates vs Ninjas and vi vs Emacs. Personally, I see myself more as a pirate than a ninja. I’m obnoxious, I make myself known, and I like to drink. As for editors, I was a Pico man for a long time. In fact, on my Solaris hosts I still choose pico over vi (vim is my editor of choice on Linux and Mac, although I’ll admit freely that I only know a handful of the commands that make vi so powerful).
Needless to say, I suffered a bit of an identity crisis last week when I came upon a scientific discussion of the editors preferred by pirates and ninjas. I guess I’m just a double-agent. That’s pretty cool, too.