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WAITS

WAITS - /wayts/ The mutant cousin of TOPS-10 used on a handful of systems at SAIL up to 1990. There was never an "official" expansion of WAITS (the name itself having been arrived at by a rather sideways process), but it was frequently glossed as "West-coast Alternative to ITS". Though WAITS was less visible than ITS, there was frequent exchange of people and ideas between the two communities, and innovations pioneered at WAITS exerted enormous indirect influence. The early screen modes of Emacs, for example, were directly inspired by WAITS's "E" editor - one of a family of editors that were the first to do "real-time editing", in which the editing commands were invisible and where one typed text at the point of insertion/overwriting. The modern style of multi-region windowing is said to have originated there, and WAITS alumni at XEROX PARC and elsewhere played major roles in the developments that led to the XEROX Star, the Macintosh, and the Sun workstations. Bucky bits were also invented there --- thus, the ALT key on every IBM PC is a WAITS legacy. One notable WAITS feature seldom duplicated elsewhere was a news-wire interface that allowed WAITS hackers to read, store, and filter AP and UPI dispatches from their terminals; the system also featured a still-unusual level of support for what is now called "multimedia" computing, allowing analog audio and video signals to be switched to programming terminals.
Westcoast Alternative to ITS
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wait on
wait state
Wait-a-bit
Wait-a-while
Waiter
waiter's assistant
Waiting
waiting area
waiting game
Waiting gentlewoman
waiting line
waiting list
Waiting maid
waiting room
Waitingly
Waitress
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Waive
Waiver
Waivure
Waiwode
Wajda
Wakashan
Wakashan language
Wake
wake board
Wake Island
Wake play
wake up
Wake-robin
wake-up call
wake-up signal
wakeboard
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