[vcf-midatlantic] computer superstitions

Douglas Crawford touchetek at gmail.com
Tue Oct 22 18:40:04 EDT 2019

On 10/17/2019 7:04 AM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> Interesting!
> On Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 5:57 AM Jeffrey Jonas via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>> "Scandinavia and the World" is an online comic with an International
>> flavor.
>> This time literally:
>>      https://satwcomic.com/hangry-computer
>> looking that up leads to:
>>      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kuai_Kuai_culture
>> Kuai Kuai culture is a phenomenon in Taiwan
>> wherein workers put snacks of the "Kuai Kuai" brand next to or on top
>> of machines.
>> Workers who do this believe that,
>> because the name of the snack -
>> "Kuai Kuai" - stands for "obedient" or "well-behaved,"
>> it will make a device so adorned function without errors.
>> As such, it can be commonly found in myriad places of work in Taiwanese
>> society.
>> A rigid set of best practices has arisen surrounding the proper use of
>> Kuai Kuai snacks,
>> such as using green bags only, and ensuring the snacks are not expired.
>> other programming/computer superstitions:
>> https://www.red-gate.com/simple-talk/opinion/opinion-pieces/programmer-superstitions/
>> and kinda related to that:
>> http://catb.org/jargon/html/magic-story.html
>> -- jeff jonas
Holmdel's Computer Lab kept an image of a mythical beauty on the console 
their IBM 370 who allegedly presided over the integrity of every opcode 
and data fetch.

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