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RE: Re[2]: var source_data varchar2(12)

From: Bellow, Bambi <>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 09:14:34 -0800
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>There is no fun ... my favorite quotes used to be in Apple MPW compiler ...
the one I like most is ...

>"You can't modify a constant, float upstream, win an argument with the IRS,
or satisfy this compiler"

> Raj

Raj --

I fear this will get off-topic'd pretty quickly, and, I further fear that you will think me an old woman with a drool, but my favorites came from the old Harris/VULCAN machine. Oh, well, those were the days anyway. It just didn't get worse than Harris/VULCAN with their infamous "modes for computing". But one thing I liked about the Harris is that *every* error came along with an error *number*. And you could say "HELP <errnum>" and it would give you a description of what could be done to fix the error. It didn't matter if it was COBOL or O/S or one of the "mode errors", they all had help text. But the error messages weren't written at the same time as the error numbers were written down. So you would get these great messages from people who had obviously just been writing error messages too long and were getting slaphappy. My favorite was something along the lines of... "You got error <number>? My God! I didn't think ANYONE would ever get THAT one. Why don't you give me a call and tell me what you did to get this error so I can rewrite this error text? We probably still won't be able to fix it though. Why not just scrap whatever you were doing and go get lunch?"

Yes, the Harris/VULCAN... the crappiest operating system of all time! Bambi.

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