RE: Patch Numbering Sceme [was RE: WinList / Transparent Pixmaps (1.7.37)]

Benjamin J. Tracy (
Fri, 19 Feb 1999 09:49:25 -0500 (EST)

Congratulations to Bruce for figuring out the true nature of the obscure
reference.  :-)  I was in fact referring to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy books by Douglas Adams in which it is determined that the ultimate
answer to life, the universe and everything is 42.

(The question BTW is later determined to be "What is six times nine?") :-P

I'm sorry for any confusion I caused.  I guess I expected more than one
person to get it! :)


On Fri, 19 Feb 1999, Bruce Richardson wrote:

> Coplan wrote:
> >42 in hexedecmal, BTW, is "2B", if you're familiar with Shakespear,
> >and you know the context of the question...then it makes sense.
> Uh, well... Benjamin can tell us which but I do think
> >1.7.42 which would obviously be the ultimate answer to all window manager 
> issues, no?.
> is pointing to 42, the answer to the ultimate question of Life, the 
> Universe and Everything.  Which is what I was talking about but 
> (mistakenly) assuming the reference would be clear.
> Please don't tell me no one on this list remembers the Hitch-hiker's Guide! 
>  I can see my set of HHGTTG tapes from here and I'd hate to think that made 
> me an old man :\
> It's bad enough that the crackers are all 15.
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