OT Re: Pair of HP 1000 E-Series minicomputers on eBay
aswood at t-online.de
Fri Jan 30 15:21:56 CST 2015
This one hung at the cyber 176 console I was working on in the end of the 70s.
> Am 30.01.2015 um 18:35 schrieb Warner Losh <imp at bsdimp.com>:
>> On Jan 30, 2015, at 11:23 AM, js at cimmeri.com wrote:
>> On 1/30/2015 12:13 PM, tony duell wrote:
>>>> The seller has them listed at 'Buy-It-Now' for $1,800, but the listing does
>>>> say 'make an offer', so you might be able to get it down a ways, to something
>>>> more reasonable. They seem like they have an interesting (non-identical) set
>>>> of peripheral cards. However, I know nothing of HP's, so take this all with a
>>>> large grain of salt!
>>> Pity they're the wrong side of the Pond :-(...
>> It's not a pond.. it's an ocean. Why do some people insist on calling it a pond?
>> And "whilst" I'm at it, why do some insist on using "blinkenlights" in re CPU front panels instead of correct English -- blinking lights?
> Because the Faux German Blinkenlights is so much cooler to say. It’s a corruption of Blinenlichten from an old joke:
> ALLES TURISTEN UND NONTEKNISCHEN LOOKENPEEPERS!
> DAS KOMPUTERMASCHINE IST NICHT FÜR DER GEFINGERPOKEN UND MITTENGRABEN! ODERWISE IST EASY TO SCHNAPPEN DER SPRINGENWERK, BLOWENFUSEN UND POPPENCORKEN MIT SPITZENSPARKEN.
> IST NICHT FÜR GEWERKEN BEI DUMMKOPFEN. DER RUBBERNECKEN SIGHTSEEREN KEEPEN DAS COTTONPICKEN HÄNDER IN DAS POCKETS MUSS.
> ZO RELAXEN UND WATSCHEN DER BLINKENLICHTEN.
> which dates to the 1950’s…
> See also the insistence on the plural of VAX being VAXEN.
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