[TUHS] Names of famous, historical UNIX machines?

Steve Nickolas usotsuki at buric.co
Thu Feb 2 08:20:47 AEST 2017

On Wed, 1 Feb 2017, Larry McVoy wrote:

> There was a phone in there and it would ring and a sales guy would pick
> it up saying "Moshi, Moshi" which I took to mean "Hi" or "hello".
> It was always corporate calling to see how things were going.
> So one day I'm in there by myself and the phone rings and without thinking
> about it (I don't speak Japanese so WTF was I thinking?), I pick it up
> and say "Mushi, Mushi".  Too which I get a stream of horrified Japanense
> and I just hang up.
> The sales guys show later and I say "I answered a call for you".  "Oh,
> yeah, what did you say?"  "Mushi, mushi".  Stunned silence and then they
> are rolling on the floor laughing.
> I'm going "What?  What did I do?".
> They say "Corporate called to find out how things are going and the
> software guy said 'bug, bug' and hung up".
> We all went out drinking that night, those sales guys were all right.
> Seemed sort of cold before that but we were buds from there forward.
> I'll bet you a pile of money somewhere there is a sales guy in Japan
> who tells this story, probably not in a way that is flattering to me :)
> (Note this about 30 years ago and I can't remember if Moshi is hi or if it
> is Mushi that is hi, but you get the idea).
> --larry "bug, bug" mcvoy

You were right - "moshi-moshi" is "hello" and "mushi" is bug.

(I picked up a little bit of Japanese from 20 years of watching anime... 


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