Getting the boss into trouble

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...

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It was not me that took that call. I would have struggled to keep a straight face.

Such happy memories. A window system that could be used to crash the whole system. I think the very first bit of malware I recieved was Steve's crash me program. A simple tool with just one button that said: "Crash me". If you pressed the button the system paniced. It was impossible not to try it once.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on September 26, 2005 at 10:00 PM PDT #

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