Computer Folklore from usenet net.rumours

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From: [email protected] Sat Nov 10 14:40:39 1990 From: [email protected] (Alan Silverstein) Subject: Re: “The Devouring Fungus” at a bookstore near you > …a collection of anecdotes and stories about computer technology and > the people who spend their time working with computers… This is the > first time I have seen anyone collect so many of them together, and in …

Me and My PDP11

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From: [email protected] (Lars Persson) Newsgroups: alt.folklore.computers Subject: Me and my PDP… (long) Message-ID: <[email protected]> Date: 2 Dec 92 02:02:41 GMT Organization: Chalmers University of Technology Lines: 234 Way back in the old days when terminal bells went BZWT and computers were REAL computers and not some pizza-box like thingy with an oversize TV-set on top, I became system manager for …

Old Iron at Home

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Newsgroups: alt.folklore.computers,comp.sys.dec Path: spies!sgiblab!swrinde!sdd.hp.com!crash!ryptyde!scott From: [email protected] (Scott McClure) Subject: Old Iron at Home Stories (List) Organization: Ryptyde TimeSharing, San Diego, CA Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1993 04:21:43 GMT Keywords: old iron, pdp, dec, hp, mini Lines: 1245 Greetings all, Here are the stories I recieved in response to my post about those brave souls who have actually taken “Old Iron” …

Spaf’s Farewell Letter

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From news.columbia.edu!sol.ctr.columbia.edu!howland.reston.ans.net!gatech!purdue!not-for-mail Fri Apr 30 11:27:16 EDT 1993 Article: 2350 of news.admin.misc Xref: news.columbia.edu news.announce.newusers:595 news.misc:5782 news.admin.misc:2350 news.groups:57071 soc.net-people:4077 Path: news.columbia.edu!sol.ctr.columbia.edu!howland.reston.ans.net!gatech!purdue!not-for-mail From: [email protected] Newsgroups: news.announce.newusers,news.misc,news.admin.misc,news.groups,soc.net-people Subject: That’s all, folks Followup-To: poster Date: 29 Apr 1993 19:01:12 -0500 Organization: Department of Computer Sciences, Purdue University Lines: 152 Approved: [email protected] Message-ID: <[email protected]> NNTP-Posting-Host: ector.cs.purdue.edu * * * [ I originally was going …

Unix Horror Stories

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gopher://wiretap.area.com/00/Library/Techdoc/Lore/unixhorr%09%09%2B Newsgroups: comp.unix.admin From: [email protected] (A.X. Ivasyuk) Subject: The Unofficial Unix Administration Horror Stories Summary Message-ID: <[email protected]> Organization: Rochester Institute of Technology Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1992 16:24:44 GMT Lines: 1010 Unix Admin. Horror Story Summary, version 1.0 —————————————– compiled by: Anatoly Ivasyuk ([email protected]) This is version 1.0 of the unofficial “Unix Administration Horror Story Summary”. This is a summary …

The Great Renaming – Part III

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Part 3 – Breaking of the Backbone Cabal A number of simultaneous events rendered the Backbone Cabal irrelevant. The most important was the increased use of NNTP around this same time. Usenet’s use of Internet made it easier to ignore what the Backbone news admins thought. Acording to Reid, the Backbone started to decline when he and Richard Sexton snuck the …

The Great Renaming – Part II

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Part 2 – After the Great Renaming Yet, ironically, nothing really changed for a significant portion of sites, and almost all the sites except company ones still got a full feed. As has been so often the case in Usenet history, its “imminent death” was postponed by advances in technology. The connectivity, modem baud rates, storage capacity, etc. improved so dramatically …

The Great Renaming – Part I

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By Lee S. Bumgarner (14-Jan-2006 Note – Dan Flood – There is now a Wikipedia article regarding this, which complements this faq. I cannot find this FAQ anywhere on the net these days. ) Part 1 In the 20 odd years of its existence a rich culture has evolved around the use of the Net. Over the years, silent battles …