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Paul Tomblin <ptomblin...@xcski.com
>In a previous article, Claudio Calvelli <c.n...@w42.org.invalid> said:
>>time in a datacentre, there was a Honeywell DPS (can't remember the
>>exact model and it was referred to as "the DPS") and they had the only
>At the University of Waterloo in the early 80s, there was some sort of
>Honeywell that was known far and wide as "the bun" because a Honey Bun is a
>popular snack food in Canada. All I know about it is that it was first
>exposure to Colossal Caves Adventure, or "ADVENT" as it was known on the bun.
The Honeywell Multics system included the game "Startrek". Many a
bored programmer spent many extended lunch hours blowing Klingons to
smithereens. Then for some reason -- many have been an OS upgrade
-- playing Startrek was restricted to out-of-office hours. Panic
and loss of morale spread throughout the Empire.
Fortunately the system used shared libraries. So pre-loading a
library containing a replacement for the system date/time routine
saved the day. The replacement routine always said it was a
Saturday morning. Morale was restored and, more importantly, the
Empire was saved as the Klingon body count continued to mount
throughout the lunch hours.
Dennis Davis <denni...@fastmail.fm