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Humour the Computer : Humour the Computer - Andrew Davison

Humour the Computer

Humour the Computer

By: Andrew Davison (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 1995
ISBN: 9780262540759
Number Of Pages: 296
For Ages: 18+ years old

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You don't have to have a degree in computer science to enjoy this unique collection of funny stories, parodies, laughable true-life incidents, comic song lyrics, and jokey poems from the world of computing. "Humour the Computer" brings together a selection of some of the best computer-related humorous material culled from a variety of sources: news groups and FTP sites on the Internet, "The New Yorker," "Punch," "New Scientist," "BYTE," "Datamation," "Communications of the ACM," "The Journal of Irreproducible Results," and many more. Among other topics, the 70-odd assorted writings embrace the impact of computing on our lives, hilarious hardware, silly software, first encounters with computing, computer companies that we love, programming pains, and absurd academia.

Moby Dick 2.1p. 1
A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriersp. 3
A Problem in the Makingp. 5
How I Bought My First Computerp. 7
BOFH (Part 1)p. 10
The Generic Word Processorp. 12
Natural Upgrade Pathp. 17
The Case of the Bogus Expert (Part 1)p. 19
Ordinary People Tell How They Use Their Personal Computersp. 20
I am the Very Model of a Genius Computationalp. 22
Zork, RAMS and the Curse of Ra: Computo, ergo sump. 22
Laptop in Colombo puts Campbell in the Soupp. 25
Masters of Computer Sciencep. 26
You'd Better Love Your BLANK Computer: The Generic Computer Bookp. 27
Shakespeare on Programmingp. 29
Evil Aliens Control IBMp. 30
Mother Should Have Warned You!p. 33
BOFH (Part 2)p. 34
Latest Sun and IBM Announcementsp. 36
Twelve Ways to Fool the Masses When Giving Performance Results on Parallel Computersp. 38
The Case of the Bogus Expert (Part 2)p. 42
Real Programmers Don't Use Pascalp. 43
Gateway To Heavenp. 54
Zen and the Art of Software Documentationp. 55
The Unix Philosophyp. 57
Field Replacable Mouse Ballsp. 59
Babbage - The Language of the Futurep. 60
Gulliver's Computerp. 63
"Uncle Bill" is in the Driver's Seat!p. 65
Breathlock Service To Go Companywidep. 66
To My Darling Husbandp. 68
Computer-based Predictive Writingp. 69
Making Your Serviceman Feel Welcomep. 72
Man, Bytes, Dogp. 73
Microsloshed Wallsp. 76
The Tin Menp. 77
A Users View From The Trailing Edgep. 82
Lisp: They May Also Serve, Who Decline to Enlistp. 87
The Case of the Bogus Expert (Part 3)p. 88
Alternatives to OSIp. 89
A Salutory Tale of Software Developmentp. 94
You Get What You Pay For?p. 97
You Can't Fool'em Down On The Farm!p. 101
BOFH (Part 3)p. 102
ADA: The Devil's Workp. 104
Netmail Spreads Common Coldp. 105
I Know What's Wrong With My Computer!p. 106
What is Technical Harassment?p. 107
I'm Just A Two-bit Programmer On A Sixteen-bit Machinep. 108
If Architects Had to Work Like Programmersp. 109
VAX and IBMp. 111
The Australian Fifth Degeneration Projectp. 116
An Ancient Rope-And-Pulley Computer Is Unearthed In The Jungle of Apraphulp. 117
The VAXorcistp. 125
Small Adsp. 133
La Boite Bleuep. 134
The Difference Between Hardware and Softwarep. 135
User Friendly? You Must be Jokingp. 136
A Day in the Life of a Network Managerp. 137
The Complexity of Songsp. 139
Write in Cp. 146
A Simplified Guide To Hardware Maintenancep. 147
A Linguistic Contribution to Goto-Less Programmingp. 150
BOFH (Part 4)p. 154
The How-To-Choose-A-Computer-Book Bookp. 157
The Case of the Bogus Expert (Part 4)p. 161
A Parable About Generality in Architecturep. 163
Taking a Stroll Down Babel Streetp. 165
Please Remove This Labelp. 168
Productivity in Computer Sciencep. 170
Is Big Beautiful: Some Computer Cartoons From The 1960'sp. 173
Creators Admit Unix And C Were A Hoaxp. 178
The Uzi Versus the Computerp. 180
The Church of the Cyber-Spiritualistsp. 181
Personal Computingp. 188
BOFH (Part 5)p. 191
Out of the Mouths of Babesp. 193
Computers Don't Arguep. 195
Transcripts from the General Motors HelpLinep. 210
Related Readingp. 211
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ISBN: 9780262540759
ISBN-10: 0262540754
Series: Humour the Computer
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st April 1995
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.43