Pronouncing acronyms (was Re: DEC acronyms)
rodsmallwood at btconnect.com
Mon Aug 2 23:34:19 CDT 2010
1. I once nearly took a job with them
2. I thought they were called Ball as opposed to Balls.
3. I have several of the Ball VT100 boards referred to but lack a circuit
diagram to fix them. It would be a Ball diagram as opposed to a DEC one.
4. No, the circuit is not in any of the DEC VT100 manuals.
From: cctech-bounces at classiccmp.org [mailto:cctech-bounces at classiccmp.org]
On Behalf Of Tony Duell
Sent: 02 August 2010 19:45
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Subject: Re: Pronouncing acronyms (was Re: DEC acronyms)
> The ones I do remember=20
> 1. BA11-ES always referred to as a Balls box
That would have been confusing to me. Balls Brothers were a company
well-known for embedded video monitors in the 1970s/1980s, including at
leat one version of the VT100 video board. So a 'Balls Box' to me would
be a VT100 (or something) with a Balls Brothers video board.
> 2. RSTS as Ristus
It was normally 'rustus' among the people I knoew who used it...
Getting away from DEC for a moment...
I have been known to pronouch 'CRT' as 'Crut'.
But oddly, I almost never pronouce LED as 'led'. It's always 'Ell Eee
Dee' (or 'Lima Echo Delta' if I am being more silly than normal :-))
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