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We know that Vice President Gore created the Internet, but did he write VTAM as well?

No. But he came up with the initial Al-Gore-ithm. ;-)


Currently under OS/390 2.7, the IBCNU utility requires the LE runtime routine CEEULATR. Where can I link this module from?

It can be found in CEE.DIKNJANE.RUN, which apparently does not need to be authorized...


What was the best bad post to IBM-Main in recent memory?

Hands down was this post: Ken Dubbo's What is a good sysprog anyway? (warning: foul language, non-politically correct and downright funny)


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But what post got Ken Dubbo kicked off IBM-Main?

Only Ken and the list owner knows if he got kicked off IBM-Main or is doing jail time but this was the last post we saw from him: F1SA.


Is Ken Dubbo his real name?

I would guess not looking at JoyZine - 'Stine Decoded: Australian English Dictionary - "D" his last name means:
dubbo - idiot; fool; simpleton; imbecile.


Which member of IBM-Main attended Woodstock?

Rick Fochtman (according to this post):

From: Rick Fochtman [SMTP:RickFochtman@COMPUSERVE.COM]
Sent: Tuesday, 1999-02-23, 9:18 PM
To:  IBM-MAIN@BAMA.UA.EDU
Subject:      Re: IEFACTRT

That music ain't forgotten.  I was at the ORIGINAL WOODSTOCK!  It was
GREAT, in spite of the "aroma".  (Pig farm!)  I was in the audience when
David Crosby (I think) stood up and said that this was their first public
gig and they were scared SH__less; then, Crosby, Stills and Nash played
"Suite Judy Blue Eyes" to a standing ovation!  And a good time was had by
ALL!!!!!  But that hitchhike home to northern Michigan was MURDER!


What are the IEHIBALL, IEHEYEBALL, IEBIBALL, IEBEYEBALL utilities?

These are slang terms for using your eyeballs to find a problem.


How was T. J. Watson, Sr. buried?

Much like card decks which had to be placed in the reader 9-edge first, face down.

Adapted from a post on Mon, 24 Jan 2000 06:04:26 by Neil Stutz


How many IBM-MAIN Subscribers does it take to change a light bulb?


267 posts - posts discussing the relative merits of the various lightbulb
platforms: American or European voltage, all the open source platforms -
solar, wind, squirrels on a treadmill.

99 posts - how should the light bulb labeled? UPPERCASE or lowercase

23 posts - Will documentation for the lightbulb be available on the web?

57 posts - Should the lightbulb documentation be bookmangler or pdf
format?

65 posts - posts complaining about spam received as a result of joining
the lightbulb thread.

Adapted from a post on Friday, 2002-03-08 by Terry Linsley



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