[vcf-midatlantic] computer superstitions

William Sudbrink wh.sudbrink at gmail.com
Tue Oct 22 19:05:40 EDT 2019


You need three sync's for it to work...

sync
sync
sync
shutdown -h now

-----Original Message-----
From: vcf-midatlantic [mailto:vcf-midatlantic-bounces at lists.vcfed.org] On
Behalf Of Mike Loewen via vcf-midatlantic
Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:54 PM
To: Douglas Crawford via vcf-midatlantic
Cc: Mike Loewen
Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] computer superstitions

On Tue, 22 Oct 2019, Douglas Crawford via vcf-midatlantic wrote:

>
> 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-super
stitions/
>>>
>>>  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.
> http://www.mediafire.com/view/hqjlnc1h1r3imbx/IBM370atHolmdel.jpg/file

    My superstition is this:

 	sync;sync;shutdown

   :-)


Mike Loewen				mloewen at cpumagic.scol.pa.us
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