Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Annika1980, Feb 16, 2011.

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    Annika1980, Feb 16, 2011
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    Noons Guest

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    Sarah, does your dad know you're on his computer? Miss ya, sweetie.
    Annika1980, Feb 16, 2011
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    Noons Guest

    I'll let the enormous stupidity of that remark stand on its own.
    Noons, Feb 16, 2011
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    Ah, you're back. That'll teach ya to leave your computer unattended.
    I appreciate the compliment, whoever it was from.
    Annika1980, Feb 17, 2011
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    Noons Guest

    I don't leave my computer unattended.
    Noons, Feb 18, 2011
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    Bill Graham Guest

    I do, but I unplug the wire that goes from the main frame to the modem. When
    disconnected from the outside world, it can't be impregnated.......
    Bill Graham, Feb 18, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    Damn! Bill! What kind of people do you have in Oregon who would
    impregnate a computer?
    You would think they would use some sort of "protection".
    Savageduck, Feb 18, 2011
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    Noons Guest

    Hey, they used to have "hard core"...
    Noons, Feb 18, 2011
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    That reminds me of the early days of computers when DEC had a computer
    called the VAX.
    As I recall the Operating System was pretty basic ... heck, it might
    even have been BASIC.
    You'd give it a command and if it was successful the prompt would say,
    "Ready" meaning it was ready for the next command. If you typed
    something it didn't recognize it would come back with an error message
    like "That command cannot be completed" or something similar. You
    could abbreviate the commands because it only recognized the first
    three letters so SCR meant the Screen command and HEL might mean Help.

    Anyway, this one guy I heard about was having a helluva time
    communicating with this beast and he got so flustered he started
    typing in cuss words. He'd suggest something obscene and the computer
    would dutifully reply with, "That command cannot be completed."
    Finally, at wit's end, he typed, "Screw you!"

    The computer answered, "Ready."
    Annika1980, Feb 19, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    Snoorfff! Snicker! Choke!

    OK! I can breathe again. Everybody return to your previous positions.
    Savageduck, Feb 19, 2011
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    Noons Guest

    Annika1980 wrote,on my timestamp of 19/02/2011 11:39 AM:
    Early days?
    Hmmm, you obviously don't recall well. It was one of the most advanced OS's ever.
    Urban myth. It said whatever you wanted it to say.
    My prompt for a long time was a crocodile in character matrix.
    Akshally, SCR was never part or the whole of a command in DCL:

    Never get in the way of a good urban myth...
    Noons, Feb 19, 2011
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    Bill Graham Guest

    With computers, their "sex organs" are very long....ASAMOF, they streatch
    all over the world....:^)
    Bill Graham, Feb 19, 2011
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    Bill Graham Guest

    I remember the DEC VAX'es.....I think it would have been relatively simple
    to reprogram it to say, "I beg your pardon!"
    Bill Graham, Feb 19, 2011
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    Bill Graham Guest

    I like Jay Leno's statement last night about the guy that won an award for
    best song with his, "FU". Leno said he is now working on a sequel titled,
    "And the horse you rode in on."
    Bill Graham, Feb 19, 2011
  17. Well, that part is not urban legend; probably happened just as related.

    Reminds me of the mainframe I used as a student back in the
    19-ought-80s, a Honeywell DPS-8. Some of the OS code was obviously
    written by wisenheimers. I remember writing FORTRAN programs with "GOTO"
    statements in them (The horror!). If you named the target of the GOTO
    statement "JAIL" (hence "GOTO JAIL" in the program), when you executed
    (ran) your program, the output printout would respond with:

    Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

    (I guess this is what's technically called an "Easter egg", no?)
    David Nebenzahl, Feb 25, 2011
  18. Hey, I even found an online reference for this:

    With the FORTRAN compiler under the CP-V operating system on Xerox
    Sigma computers, the program:

    10 assign 10 to jail
    goto jail

    Would elicit the diagnostic:

    Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.
    David Nebenzahl, Feb 25, 2011
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    Noons Guest

    David Nebenzahl wrote,on my timestamp of 25/02/2011 11:21 AM:

    No it didn't. "scr" is not the abbreviation of any recognized command in vms,
    it'd never return "Ready".

    Yup. In Unix and Linux, there used to be a command called "mt", for "magnetic
    tape". Used to do things like rewind tape, forward it one file mark and so on.
    If you typed a wrong set of options, like:

    "mt -reality"

    it'd reply back with:

    "Don't grok reality"

    (google grok)
    Noons, Feb 25, 2011
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    Well, as The Oldest Member says, "That may not be exactly how it
    happened, but that's the way I remember it."
    Annika1980, Mar 20, 2011
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