[TUHS] How Unix brings people together, or it's a small world

David david at kdbarto.org
Fri Feb 3 03:57:25 AEST 2017

Side story on Unix related to Xview.

I go to a conference in San Jose for Sun users in the mid 80’s
and am discussing Xview with a few folks (names lost to memory).
A very nice person named Nancy Blackman walks up and joins
the discussion. We get to talking and she has a weird memory
bug and I’m willing to help her look at it. So we go to ‘her place’
which is her lab at Moffet field. We discuss her bug, find a fix
and I go back home to San Diego.

I mention that I met this very nice lady named Nancy Blackman
at the conference to my wife. Turns out my wife went to school
with Nancy before she moved to San Diego.

So, who else has weird stories of how Unix development or
Unix conferences had the side effect of making the world a
smaller place.

If this is too off topic, drop the conversation here.


> On Feb 1, 2017, at 1:52 PM, tuhs-request at minnie.tuhs.org wrote:
> Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2017 13:40:11 -0800
> From: Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com>
> To: Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu>
> Cc: tuhs at minnie.tuhs.org
> Subject: Re: [TUHS] shared memory on Unix
> Message-ID: <20170201214011.GG880 at mcvoy.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
> On Wed, Feb 01, 2017 at 02:44:34PM -0500, Noel Chiappa wrote:
>>> From: "Steve Johnson"
>>> The meetings went on for over a year, but _I NEVER MET WITH THE SAME
>>> PERSON TWICE!_ It seemed that the only thing the marketing group knew
>>> how to do was reorganize the marketing group...
>> Shades of SI:Electric-Marketing (I _think_ that was its name) on the Symbolics
>> LISP Machine...
>> (For those who never had the joy of seeing this, it randomly drew a bunch of
>> boxes with people in them on the screen in a hierarchy, connected them, and
>> then started randomly moving the boxes around... I wonder if the source
>> still exists - or, better yet, a video of it running? Probably not, alas.)
> Sun had reorgtool (orgtool) that had all the high up people down to
> directors I think and you pushed a button and it reshuffled them.
> It was a Xview app, anyone remember that toolkit (I sorta miss it).
> --lm

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