[extropy-chat] man man

Michael M. Butler mmbutler at gmail.com
Fri Jan 26 06:31:02 UTC 2007


WE had it HARD.

WE didn't even have ones *and* zeroes. We had to cobble ones out of
piles of zeroes squasht 'til flat and tilted up on t'sides like.

AND there was only one way to get the binary into the computer--we
pushed the bits down the wire with our FINGERS 'til they were RAW an'
BLEEDIN' (the fingers, mind, not the bits)... Like choking a baby
python on peas, it was. You'd see the bits goin' down and the wires
would convulse for a spell, and eventually the answer would barf back
out on a single wee grain-of-wheat lamp. Classic Morse code it was,
1850s-style, none'a yer fancy International Morse, thank you very

But we were HAPPY.

On 1/25/07, spike <spike66 at comcast.net> wrote:
> > bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Damien Broderick
> >
> > At 08:33 PM 1/25/2007 -0800, Spike wrote:
> >
> > > > Person B:  man man
> > >
> > >Fred, soon none of the younger geeks will get unix jokes.  {8^D
> >
> > Ha1 You Unix dweebs had it easy! Back when I punched Hollerith cards
> > for a mainframe, we zeroed registers with a comic book command, ZAP
> > (zero add packed).
> >
> > Damien Broderick
> Luxury!  I remember back when the operand-1 (b1+d1) was first initialized.
> Damien you youngsters today have it easy with your mod ZAP.  When I was
> young, the base register was still acidic and the displacement was measured
> in honest cubic inches, not this sissy ddd1 and ddd2.  Oh but we had fun.
> spike
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      Michael M. Butler  :  m m b u t l e r  ( a t )  g m a i l . c o m

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 I'm getting my people the fuck out of here."
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