TempleOS: Terry Responds to the Haters

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PA8600: Tech Videos and More! : Since a lot of people are commenting with no idea about TempleOS or who Terry A. Davis was, I'll clear some things up. Terry A. Davis was a schizophrenic programmer who wrote an operating system to talk to god he called TempleOS. TempleOS served two purposes: to simulate the C64 experience on an AMD64 CPU, and for Terry talk to god. TempleOS was seen as an oddity in the OS world but it led to a cult following just because of how surreal it was. It was the programming version of outsider art, an OS written by a man who followed God's instructions in some ways, such as only being 640x480 with 16 colors and having only PC speaker beeps for the audio, along with absolutely no USB support. He used to do livestreams where he programmed which later turned into him ranting about bioluminescent African-American CIA agents like the one he killed with his car in 1999 and watching random YouTube videos and music videos. His streams were an experience to say the least, such as this time when he decided to stream himself showing off his amazing operating system. He talks about his time at Ticketmaster as he wrote them an operating system for the VAX computers they used at the time, and it was a job he held until 1996 when his mental illness kicked in. This led to Terry as he was seen by the internet, with crazy rants fueled by mental illness, bans from numerous websites that didn't understand his illness, and mockery from places like SomethingAwful and hackernews before he got a following on places like 4chan's /g/ board. Terry also believed he was the smartest programmer who ever lived and he did have his own interesting ideas, but sadly his career (and later, his own life) was cut short by schizophrenia. In May 2017 Terry's life began a downward spiral. After being stream banned from YouTube thanks to unfunny trolls getting him banned by emailing him gay porn due to his tendency to read emails on stream, he started filming himself walking outside and rambling to himself and interacting with his neighbors. During that time he skipped out on his medication, took up drinking and smoking, and by the end of the year he had been kicked out of his parents house after fighting with them (there were some recordings he made where he just yelled at his parents). His parents bought him a van and he went on a road trip to various parts of the Western USA which he often streamed till he fell asleep before that was impounded. In 2018 Terry was completely homeless, living on the streets of random towns in California and Oregon and uploading videos from public computers. In August 2018, Terry was tragically killed by a train after walking on tracks in a death that investigators were unable to conclude if it was a suicide or an accident. https://archive.fo/qHfi7 As for this video, I decided to clip this stream segment and upload it to my channel (just an old tech channel I run where I show off things like my UNIX boxes and whatnot). Some further reading: A Vice article from 2014: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/wnj43x/gods-lonely-programmer Jim's video on Terry, documenting his life up to May 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcqWok8AubE A look at TempleOS from a different standpoint: http://www.codersnotes.com/notes/a-constructive-look-at-templeos/ Mirror of Terry's old site: https://templeos.holyc.xyz/

James Thacker : The sad thing is that this guy is probably talented but he doesnt seem all there.

Abu Hajar al Shami : 2.1 NIGGABYTES

Tom Wimmenhove : This is literally the most modest programmer that ever lived.

Silica : To be fair, you need a really high IQ to understand templeOS

OfficialAKM : C I A N I G G E R

meathead919 : The Google interviewer told him "Sorry dude, we can't hire you. You'd literally be the smartest guy in the company and we we can't have that".

islanti : This is what man can become when women aren't holding them back

popnfloss : it's amazing how a guy can be the laughing stock of the internet and is ridiculed by everyone for being mentally ill, but after he throws himself in front of a train everyone's suddenly full of compassion and praises him as a programming genius. people are such phony, hypocritical pieces of shit. i don't blame him for killing himself.

Benjamin Switzer : 64gb RAM, 16 cores, 2mb OS

Joseph DiSalvo : As a Computer Science major who has worked in the field for a few years myself, I can say this guy is actually probably the smartest programmer who has ever lived.

Top Notch : That flight sim is the product of divine intellect. Amen.

Rayaxe : I wrote an Assembly language compiler, with my own assembly codes/mnemonics and a pseudo virtual machine for it to run on in with a high level language language once. It was a fit of autism that took half a year away from me and almost made me shoot myself during the alpha testing. So I can say with confidence, this man is the smartest programmer alive

DistantExplorer : Drinking game: Take a shot every time he says "I am the smartest programmer that ever lived" and "Two Megabytes"

Tarkan G : F (sorry about my bad english)

Joseph DiSalvo : I mean honestly? The hybrid command line + menu based system is pretty tight, let's be real here. Like, on a command line he types "LineRep;" and then gets a navigable file tree. That's tight.

FRR363 : Was he Tyler1's Computer science teacher?

kira : FuckYou.dll

skunkjee : Guys, I want to install it but I don't know if I have adequate space. Does anybody know how many MB is this?

eiwaz 14 : I hope my schizophrenia becomes as powerful as his so I can weaponize it

Alex Povolotski : 3:35 - take a close look at his facial expressions as he's playing Talons game.

Kevin Miedema : that's 2 megabtyes? ......that's amazing. props to that. he comes across as being a bit out of it - but that's impressive.

Oliver Carr : Every time he launches the flight sim he spaces out

Gabriel Oprescu : So sad, he actually seems fine when he's explaining stuff, but then he goes off on his schizophrenic induced tangents.

Juguz Jota Pe : This man was killed by the CIA with their top-secret weapon codename: 'train'. How many more geniuses will be killed for saying the truth?

peterkray : I find mental illness even more frightening than terminal cancer. It`s a tragedy we are still so terribly helpless to help people with sick brain. RIP

ShadowTheHedgehog85 : 2 Megabyte..... Ever heard of the QNX OS? Somewhere in the late 90s they had a OS complete with GUI, Network Support, Browser etc.. on a 1.44 Megabytes floppy...

Muhammad Salman Sheikh : Why doesn’t he blink man?

Brandon : The worst part about Schizophrenia is the inability to discern delusion from reality. Terry was undoubtedly a master of his craft but also a victim of untreated mental illness; the primary ingredients in Terry's recipe for disaster. The last update I saw, he was homeless. It saddens me to find out he passed away. He seemed to have potential to be a good dude.

Vladimir Lenin : The fact that his OS doesn't use Grub is actually pretty impressive.

K3nny : RIP He has been uploaded to the great OS in the sky.

DarkAgeDanny : I was wondering why this was age restricted until I kept watching.

firstname lastname : RIP Terry, smartest programmer ever lived

ContactingTheDead : *Genius is right on the verge of insanity*

FUCK OFF : LMAO the way he loses himself in that flight simulator gets me everytime

Nic B : Terry passed away on august 11 2018 after a fatal accident and almost 2 decades of struggling with a mental illness. I believe this man was exeptionally intelligent but an unfortunate faith decided the coarse of his life. Rest in piece Terry.

sfxworks : I feel bad for him. Does seem somewhat knowledgeable but he seems driven by hate and doesn't have a scope of the world

Conner Turmon : No joke tho 2MB is fucking IMPRESSIVE, and this dude wrote his fucking sys utilities from scratch (and the kernel I believe but I could be wrong). That's fucking crazy. This dude is actually mad smart and talented, but has a ton of loose screws.

YTSliv : VMware was founded by Dianne Greene, MIT. I feel sad for him.

therandomdot : Hardcore comp sci folks have been creating OS' for a long time. There's a guy named alessandro ghignola (famous mostly for making a game called noctis, which was a 3D space tourist simulator that fit on a 1.44mb 3.5" floppy), he has a web-site called anynowhere (dot) com where he showcases a programming language he created called linoleum. For a while he had a small OS kernel posted for download that could install and run off a 1.44mb floppy. It booted into an ASCII interface, and you could tab around in it.. he made it use link-style drilldown / back-n-forth (like html, where you'd tab through a document that had highlighted words that were links you could hit "enter" on to drill down into further, and then hit another key to go back up.) He had a whole commentary on how he made it.. said that making a kernel is easy. The hard part is creating all the driver's necessary to get all the hardware going, and then needing to create programs and things to run on the kernel.. otherwise the kernel is just sitting there managing your computer for no reason. Once you start adding in useful stuff like drivers and programs, the OS starts bloating up pretty fast. He created an installer for it, the kernel, etc. Other folks heavily into comp sci / computers have done this stuff before, too. It's nothing new. If you go into comp sci in college, they make you take a course on OS development (because a lot of comp sci focuses further down the stack towards OS and drivers, while other degrees like info sys focus further up the stack on middleware and top-layer analytics with python and such). What's tricky is getting your OS to gain traction. Because once you have a small OS, it takes a lot more work to get everything else built around it to support a healthy variation of hardware. Hell, even the Linux community is still suffering from lack of drivers. And, tiny OS' have been around for a long time, coding them in assembly or pure C or C++. But, a lot of companies have moved on to managed code like C#, Java, etc simply for the "cadillac" features that come with those languages... garbage collectors and memory managers already built-in, robust development environments, large pools of coding libraries already fleshed out, etc. Code has gotten bloated these days, because some of that bloat is covering "luxury features" that help increase the speed of code development. So, "bloat" isn't always a bad thing. It would be like saying how cars have gotten more and more "bloated" with safety and luxury features that make driving them much safer and nicer. There is still code bloat that comes from poor design. This comes from folks just blindly learning "languages" as the new hot fad / trend, and idiot companies hiring people because they know a language (not because they know software design). We are still suffering from the awful Java "code monkey" syndrome that arose in the 2000's ... when tons of companies hired any code monkey off the street that had Java on their resume.. and these idiots didn't know software design. So, we have tons of poorly designed systems still in existence. But, anyone starting from the ground up to make something better... you lose an epic shit-ton of experience, bug-fixing, etc by starting from scratch again. There are plenty of OS' already in existence, with drivers, code libs, etc all already created for them. They've all had countless man-hours tossed at them to biuld them out and fix bugs in them. Starting from scratch by making a new OS means you throw out all of that work and start from scratch again. Anyone that does that in a company environment is basically going to sentence your company to death, because time-to-market is usually a key factor to success. (eg: Microsoft didn't get ahead by having the best OS; they got ahead by having a "good enough" POS OS for a cheap enough price to get enough buy-in from folks.) As programmers, we can be OCD and strive for absolute perfection. But, often it's better to put skills towards a project already in existence to help make it better then trying to reinvent the wheel and simply having the spokes (skeleton) of another wheel sitting out in the dust that nobody's going to give a shit about.. b/c there's so many already in existence nobody has time to give a shit about them all.


John 67 : um ok no more caffeine for you

Matthew Song : Got a question, how many megabytes is it?

Raymond : Typical Terry, you have so much eg.... confidence. Software Developers do tend to have this sense of inflated ego or become silent or aggressive or become semi insane in the long run, it's like a curse. :D either it is Linus, Stallman or Terry and many others. But i still respect you Terry, what you are doing is very tough. TempleOS RIP hacker, shouldn't have killed yourself Sigh, lots of developers went insane these days, even Julian Assange and Snowden are pessimistic with the future. Chelsea Manning is also suicidal these days. The key my friends, is you need to have another hobby other than programming. He was very smart he could even make his own OS, but he died like that. You need to transform your skill to something that can empower people or bring money.

rahmspinat : Poor soul, but the OS is something.

Kernels : His tombstone says _"The smartest programmer that has ever lived with divine intellect"_ RIP Terry.

Walter Riveros : "we are lucky it didn't crash" This guy is my hero

Homer J. Simpson : This is actually really fucking amazing.

CZ crusaderCZ : I like how he is enjoying the game.

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