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From: SI Ron (Crazy Soup Man)4/3/2020 9:20:26 PM
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There is a post I am trying to find. I logged into my old account but no luck. It was posted back around 1997-98, when Brad and Jeff introduced a blue header and cookies.

The post went something like this.

Dryers Shirt Cleaning.

Muffy went in to get some closed cleaned, but hit her head on a blue sign, she asked about cleaning and they said no shirt no service. Would you like a cookie? No, then again would you like a cookie?

I can't remember all of it,m but it was the funniest post I read at the time. I can't remember who wrote it.

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From: SI Ron (Crazy Soup Man)4/3/2020 9:31:58 PM
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A member PM'ed me, here is the funniest post I have read on SI. You have to remember what happened, the site was going through a interface change in 1999, this was about that:

Jeff & Brad's Dry Cleaning
Message 11424339

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From: Michelino12/31/2020 9:08:09 PM
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I haven't checked in here in years. But this sad news brought me back. Even if already posted, I thought it should be recorded in this board. If there is another memorial thread to Michal on SI, let me know as I'd like to visit it.

Michal Daniel, Twin Cities theater photographer who shot stars such as Meryl Streep and Savion Glover, dies at 64. Daniel died of natural causes in Prague, the city of his birth and where he had returned in 2015, according to his son.

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To: Michelino who wrote (1287)12/31/2020 11:08:42 PM
From: FBN MarCom
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Rest in Peace, Michal. Glad you were able to get back to the Charles Bridge once again.

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To: Josef Svejk who wrote (247)1/1/2021 3:12:49 PM
From: Graystone
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A copy of a copy of a copy
Eternal truth Josef

I pointed out to Josef that SItizens were inspired people, like Vikings going to Greenland.
Vikings are well loved everywhere now, but back then people hated Vikings, they had no TV show.
Josef offered a Mark Twain explanation, also likely plagiarized if Mr. Twain is to be believed.
Josef humbly pointed that any errors in my understanding were probably "transmission errors". (see GL-15)
The site Josef linked is long gone, but courtesy of the Wayback Machine, here are GL-1 through GL-16.
I especially like GL-7, programmers know it is still true today.

Glossary of Software Engineering and Management Terms

GL-1 Advanced design: Management doesn't understand it.

GL-2 All new: The software is not compatible with previous versions.

GL-3 Artificial Intelligence: Making computers behave like they do in movies.

GL-4 Breakthrough: It nearly worked on the first try.

GL-5 Capability maturity model: A method of determining to what extent the developer

can reasonably be blamed for the inevitable failure.

GL-6 Cleanroom: A management technique that applies to vertical interfaces
what the mushroom technique applies to horizontal interfaces.

GL-7 Compiler: A tool for adding an exciting amount of uncertainty to the size, speed
and correctness of a given program.

GL-8 Computer human interface: The means by which the program conditions the
user into never trying all the things that don't work.

GL-9 Cost modeling: A means of convincing the customer to pay for
whomever you need to keep employed this year.

GL-10 Customer: A primitive life form at the bottom of the food chain.

GL-11 Debugger: A tool that substitutes afterthought for forethought.

GL-12 Design: The activity of preparing for a design review.

GL-13 Design review: A process for ensuring you know exactly what it is you won't build.

GL-14 Design simplicity: It was developed on a shoestring budget.

GL-15 Disclaimer: Any errors in spelling, tact, or fact are transmission errors.

GL-16 Documentary hypothesis: The discredited notion that software is the
outcome of a systematic and rational process of development,
rather than the result of divine inspiration.

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To: Graystone who wrote (869)9/11/2021 9:53:37 AM
From: Graystone
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Our History...

The internet is much older today, not all grown up, just older.
This story was written 18 years ago, about 18 months after 9/11.
The twists and turns of the tale remain universal.
There was nobody here but us chickens.

Digitale includes the story "The Good SItizen".
RIP Bill - forever respect.


Digitale* by Graystone

*The link is to the title page of the story.
Then use Next from there.

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To: Graystone who wrote (1290)9/11/2021 3:50:01 PM
From: EL KABONG!!!
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Hello Graystone,

As we are all aware, this thread was a favorite for Misha who has passed on from life. Since there is now no moderator, and I think all of us are aware of the importance of this thread, I believe that there is no one more qualified or capable of taking over this thread than you. Other folks might be your equal, but none exceed you. Would you please consider moderating this thread? Thanks....


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To: EL KABONG!!! who wrote (1291)11/23/2021 7:07:20 PM
From: Graystone
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I will offer to do that

I have thought about this and was initially unsure.
There may be objections.
I would understand.

Now "serious" objections would be an entirely different matter. <smile>
I might not understand those.

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