Paul sent me an email suggesting that I should blog about some
ancient piece of history from when we worked together, before we both joined Sun. But that would take
research, and I can't be bothered today. Maybe another time. So instead, here's a story from back then
that doesn't take any research.
Back in the days of SunOS 3.5, when the hot desktop was a Sun 3/50 diskless client, running at 16 MHz,
with 4 megs of RAM, the default windowing system for Sun workstations was called SunTools or SunView.
It was unrelated to X11, and at least partially implemented in the kernel. Anyway, we used to call it
"ScumTools", not because there was anything wrong with it, but only because derisive nicknames were
all the rage in the group at that time. So one time, the boss called up Sun tech support, and just automatically
started talking about the problem he was having with "ScumTools". At which, the support person got quite
offended, and the boss had to apologize profusely and blame the bad influence of the code monkeys.
I'm such a troublemaker...