[TUHS] AOS and IBM/RT [Re: Amdahl UTS, AIX/370, AIX/ESA
clemc at ccc.com
Sat Nov 23 22:51:33 AEST 2019
No I don't remember Many details on this one as I did not do it. As I said
I think it was a Burness message in the graphics subsystem, but I cannot
swear to it. I just remember the time frame and what happened. Roger
Gourd's reaction was priceless when Mr Potatohead called us on it. It was
one of the times I really learned to respect Roger.
That said, Ill see what I can find by asking around.
On Fri, Nov 22, 2019 at 11:41 PM Gregg Levine <gregg.drwho8 at gmail.com>
> Clem by chance do you remember what the error message response was? It
> would be interesting to see what phrases were used. For example, on
> the IBM side of things, a fellow Adam and I both know, coded an entire
> application so that everything it said and did would be in Klingonese.
> No I do not remember which one it was, and what have you, I only
> remember it surfacing during his talk at the IBM offices here in town,
> during the early years of running Tux on the IBM S/390 systems.
> I also find it strange that sometimes even Google is thinking in that
> Gregg C Levine gregg.drwho8 at gmail.com
> "This signature fought the Time Wars, time and again."
> On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 3:09 PM Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
> > On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 2:53 PM Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu>
> >> > From: Arnold Robbins
> >> > The Bell Labs guys in some ways were too.
> >> And there's the famous? story about the Multics error messages in Latin,
> >> courtesty of Bernie Greenberg. One actually appeared at a customer site
> >> whereupon hilarity ensued.
> > One of my favorite stories of the same vein was a masscomp story. We
> were chasing a rare event (as I recall it was when we first were debugging
> Multiprocessor stuff and it a lock order problem). But we could not get
> the customers to tell us about what was happening, since the system
> recovered quickly, but we might kill a process. We had done a few releases
> and make a few changes but we could never reproduce it.
> > I never knew who it was but someone ??Jack Burness if I had to guess??
> put out a patch with a couple of error messages in Klingon and dumped a
> bunch of information. Sure enough this was noticed, customer stopped, we
> got the needed data, as they reported the error. But it was a high
> visibility customer, so the president (Mr. Potatohead) got a phone call.
> Fossil (our boss) made us swear it would never happen again, but he
> defended us to the President. We found the bug ;-)
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