Twiggys [was: Re: ka... ching!]

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Sat Oct 8 20:42:22 CDT 2016

On 10/08/2016 06:13 PM, TeoZ wrote:
> Everybody has something they do to chill out, some drink or jog, or
> play games.

Certainly, but playing computer games after a hard day in front of the
number-cruncher seems like a terrible way to detox.

For some years, for me, it was bicycling and bridge.  The SF Bay area
used to be mostly semi-rural--a bicyclist's dream with light traffic.
Cherries from Sunnyvale, Italian prunes from Santa Clara, wine from the
hills around south San Jose.

Then later music and charitable work.  But computer games?  No, there
are better ways to spend your life.

Remember when IBM did a product announcement for their PS/2 line?  The
demonstration software did not include, to the best of my knowledge,
"Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego", but rather employed a
copy-protected hack of Lotus 1-2-3 (the PS/2 5.25" drive wasn't yet

Serious stuff, not games.

I do recall that there was a small start-up that occupied part of the
lower floor of the "Prudential building' on Moffet Park Drive--we had
the upper floor as overflow from the main SVLOPS building. I think they
called themselves "Atari".  A couple of us wandered into their offices
during lunchtime  and asked about job opportunities.  We were rebuffed
with a firm "no mainframe programmers wanted".

I did do a port from a DECsystem 10 tape with the "Adventure" game on it
to CDC SCOPE--it was all FORTRAN and data statements.  But since I had
the travel tables already, it ceased to be interesting after a few times
through.   So much for my interest in games.

So color me a raving loon.  :)


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