How did DEC Field Service Engineers change flat tires?
They took the spare out and kept swapping out tires until they had 4 good ones on the car! : )
O.K. Flame me for the OT post. I've got my asbestos suit on.
Brian Cirulnick wrote:
--- In midatlanticretro@ yahoogroups. com, "Evan Koblentz" <evan@...>
> >>> So the seller is not lying, but he just doesn't know any better.
> it's funny how he is trying to sell this as a piece of history
> I don't think it's funny. Someone will buy this and pay extra because
> they believe the seller. It's a vicious cycle.
Reminds me of an old joke:
"What's the difference between a car salesman and a computer salesman?"
"The car salesman knows when he's lying."
Let's face it. The number of people that seriously understand the true
history of technology is appallingly small. As I said in a previous
post, pop-culture history would have us believe that Bill Gates
invented the PC, Henry Ford invented the automobile, Marconi invented
Radio, and Edison the lightbulb.
All of that is actually false, but, it's been repeated enough times to
be accepted as fact. And as time goes on, it will be written in stone
and you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who knows differently.
This seller is ignorant, but he's probably repeating something that was
told to him about this item, and so on and so on. Look at how Apple
manipulated history because they kept repeating the company mantra
during every interview for every book that covered the history of
- This is the dumbest argument EVER.
Fairline: Herb takes history seriously. That's good. It doesn't mean the man lacks a funny bone.
Herb: Not everyone takes history quite AS seriously as you or I. That's good, too.
From: fairlanefastback <email@example.com>
Date: Sunday, Oct 12, 2008 8:58 am
Subject: [midatlanticretro] Re: Intel MDS on EBay Item number: 170268336762
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Herb Johnson"
> So, I think the only loose thread, is why you were surprised when someof your remarks were taken more seriously than you expected. I presume
you will be less surprised about that in the future.
I'm not sure that I am willing to have to put *WARNING JOKE* or *
TONGUE IN CHEEK* as it seems would be required for you. A "LOL"
denotes a joke. And of course, one can always ask for clarification
if one isn't sure since written communications are not always as clear as the spoken word. Should I counter with a similarly demanding "I
presume you will be less likely to miss the meaning of a LOL or smiley in the future."? That reads like a declaration. Is there really
anything wrong with maybe being a little less uptight and a little
more civil perhaps? I really hope you ponder that for a moment.
This list, does it only want hardcore super serious guys? Thats not very inviting to guys less so I think anyway.
> One comment. I don't think much of using smiley's on statements, soone can later say "I was only kidding".
So a smiley or LOL is never sincere? Its only always meant to have a excuse later on that something was not meant seriously? If I read you correctly thats a pretty negative view and one you should not take on my usage of it.
Anyway I'll shut my mouth on this subject otherwise for the moment, just food for thought in return.
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