[TUHS] Names of famous, historical UNIX machines?

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Sat Feb 4 13:56:13 AEST 2017


Intel was a big customer of ours and we found it highly amusing how
secretive they were about CPU code names and product plans.  You could
go to Wikipedia and see all that stuff.  At the time they thought it
was a secret.

They were just as secretive about their employees.  Yet you could look
up any one of them on Linkedin and see what they've been doing at Intel.

Strange culture.  Seems to generate some good CPUs but I wonder if that
is because of that culture or in spite of it?

On Fri, Feb 03, 2017 at 07:46:47PM -0800, Steve Johnson wrote:
> About a decade ago, I attended a workshop at an Intel location in
> Mass.?? There were about 50 outside people.?? We were in a rather nice
> room across from a break room which provided coffee and sodas.
> 
> Just as we were about to start, someone showed up and informed us all
> that the break room was for the exclusive use of Intel Employees, and
> outside visitors were not permitted to use it.?? And then they left.??
> The Intel hosts rolled their eyes and set up a system whereby we could
> ask an Intel employee to get us whatever we wanted from the break
> room.?? The workshop was pretty good anyway...
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: arnold at skeeve.com
> To:<lm at mcvoy.com>, <clemc at ccc.com>
> Cc:<tuhs at minnie.tuhs.org>, <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu>
> Sent:Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:11:23 -0700
> Subject:Re: [TUHS] Names of famous, historical UNIX machines?
> 
>  Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
> 
>  > On Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 5:11 PM, Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
>  >
>  > > I visited Portland and Santa Clara and I have never
>  > > seen a more grey cubicle farm in my life.
>  >
>  > I don't remember which comic it was, but about 8-10 years ago one
> the late
>  > night comedy guys brought a film crew to SC and made that same
> exact
>  > observation.
> 
>  It was Conan O'Brien. You can find it on YouTube.
> 
>  > While Intel does do many things well, this one is part of company
> culture
>  > and I'm not in a position to change it. I wish I could.
> 
>  It's a huge blind spot for Intel. They tout it as "everyone is equal"
>  but they miss that noone who needs peace and quiet to work can work
>  productively.
> 
>  > I think the place
>  > would be a small bit happier if it did not take itself quite so
> seriously,
>  > but that's just my personal opinion.
> 
>  Yes, as a fellow Intel employee, I'd have to agree.
> 
>  Sigh.
> 
>  Arnold
> 

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