Unix witticisms

Russell Page RussellPage at foxhat.net
Sat Oct 7 18:51:25 AEST 2017

ENOTOBACCO - call would block on empty pipe.

On 6/10/2017 1:26 AM, Ron Natalie wrote:
> At the 83 USENIX Sun handed out buttons that said the "The Joy of UNIX."
> Peter Langston thought that was a bit conceited on Bill's part, so  he made
> up buttons for the next show that read "The PSL of UNIX", "The DMR of UNIX,"
> etc... and handed them out.    I still have the Joy of UNIX button, but I
> lost my "Ron of UNIX" button shortly after the show.
> The "is a  trademark of bell labs" generated lots of jokes over the year.
> I have somewhere a button that says "Eunuchs are a hallmark of the Ottoman
> Empire."    At one of the early UUGs someone tried to make "UNIX is a
> Trademark of Bell Labs" pencils except the custom pencil place only allowed
> 18 letters or something so the pencils just ended up saying "UNIX is a
> Trademark."     I'm not sure I've ever come across another Trademark that
> the footnote status was as widely propagated as UNIX's.    AT&T's lawyers
> even got up at one of the conferences (in a talk about licensing changes or
> such) and thanked the community for defending the trademark.
> There was a contest back on UNIX-WIZARDS in the day to generate new errno
> codes.    My favorite was ELECTROLUX - Your code needs cleaning up.
> A joke issue of the Computation Center at UT Austin's newsletter
> (Universally Plexus at Autism) had an item about UNIX Pipes not permitted in
> non-smoking areas.   I think that was also the source of the "Cannot fork--
> Try again during lunch" quote.

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