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In 1989 I was working with Tandem Computers in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, as the manager of the OS and Hardware group of the European Systems Support Group (ESSG). We used to have lunch together at a Greek restaurant, the “Talhütte”, and we discussed lots of work issues there, which irritated some people in the department who wanted to stay in touch but didn't want to spend lots of money on lunch. In November 1989 I had just got my first laptop (a NEC Multispeed), so for the fun of it, I kept “minutes” of the “meetings” for a week, until attendees got upset about it. Revisiting, I find that some of the issues are of interest, so here they are.

The times were interesting: it was just after the collapse of the “Deutsche Demokratische Republik” (DDR), or “German Democratic Republic”. There was also a earthquake in California just before, in which Ralf Lichtenstein (here referred to as “Frankenstein”) was involved. On the work front, Tandem was in the process of introducing its Integrity S2 machine, the first real UNIX machine from Tandem, and we were one of the first departments to get one. We were thus also trying to learn UNIX and connect to USENET.

The customers in question are for the most part large world-wide organizations. In the interests of confidentiality, I've changed the names.


Thursday, 9 November 1989 Frankfurt
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   SENT: 89-11-09  14:06
   FROM: LEHEY_GREG (Greg Lehey)
     TO: DL.ESSGALL @ESSG
SUBJECT: Jenny's meeting minutes, 9 November 1989
Meeting at Jenny's, 9 November 1989

Present (order of seating):

  Robersi Tomato
  Renate Sueberkrueb
  Rainer Esslinger
  Kathy Wright
  Erich Taschner
  Michael Sube
  Grog Lehey
  Peegee Whone

Agenda: none

Items discussed:

1.  Roberto has a new car, a white Audi 100.  He gave out a round (2
    ouzos, 3 buckets, 2 pils, 2 mocca).  Car is standard except for
    sunroof and 13x HP engine.

    Contact: Robersi Tomato

2.  Customer A is intending to install an enormous complex of networks.
    Erich in particular is concerned that the bloody thing will never
    be supportable.

    Action: Erich Taschner

3.  Customer B has problems with FEWRONGIDs with X.25 over Expand.
    Grog and Hanna to go to HPRC to talk about the feature/bug problem
    with Harald and Fufu.

    Action: Grog Lehey

4.  Roberto doesn't know when to go to Braunlage.  Suspect _TRANSFER_
    data corruption.

    Contact: Robersi Tomato

5.  Water is getting more popular as a drink.  Today, it was ordered
    by Michael, Grog, Rainer and Kathy.

    Contact: Dr.  Feldmann

6.  Peegee complimented Jenny on her nail polish.

    Contact: George

7.  Maria was called out this morning at 4 am by a TMF problem at
    Customer C.  The
    interesting thing is that Customer
    C called Computercall directly,
    and CC called Maria anyway.

    Action: Keith Collings

8.  Hans Kuntz was talking about experience with mobile phones.  In
    particular, they seem to suffer from difficulties in buildings
    like ours, and the Bundespest doesn't seem to have enough capacity
    available.

    Contact: Erich Ditzel

9.  There will be an OS group meeting this afternoon at 2.  All OS and
    hardware people are welcome.  If others want to be guests, please
    establish

    Action: Grog Lehey

10.  We still don't have a responsibilities list for S2.  There are
     about 2 1/2 pages of product numbers.

     Action: Grog Lehey

11.  Did anybody see this crazy film on TV last night, where a
     submarine kept filling up with snakes? If you have an explanation,
     please

     Contact: Peegee Whone

12.  Georgia Stigall has a solution to the bad SUTs problem.  Just
     ensure that the central sites file is correct.

     Contact: Georgia Stigall

13.  We need a 340 MB disk drive for the LXN.  If you have one,

     Contact: Grog Lehey

14.  We discussed ouzo quality with Jenny.  We're not sure she's not
     trying to test our palates.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

15.  Should the Eiffel tower be repainted? What colour?

     Action: Serge Skarbnik

16.  Ralf is coming back next week.

     Contact: Uschi Mack

17.  Grog is looking for a miniature hole punch for his pocket folder.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

18.  We have determined that we talk about a lot of important things at
     Jenny's.  This is useful, the minutes are useful, this should be a
     business expense.  We need to make this clear to the bean
     counters.

     Action: Peegee Whone

19.  We need a new head count for keeping minutes of Jenny's lunches.

     Action: Peegee Whone

20.  Ivana Fidler has Andrea's phone number, but hasn't given it to us.

     Action: Ivana Fidler

21.  Ivana has a broken rib.  Peegee suspects interesting cicrumstances,
     since she won't say how it happened, but that her boyfriend did
     it.

     Contact: Ivana Fidler

22.  Customer D in Frankfurt has a
     situation.  The corresponding TPR was entered
     against Customer E
     Nederland BV, of no particular address.

     Action: Param Kalra

23.  The Cizet V16T is a new car built by ex-Lamborghini employees.  It
     has a transverse V16 engine with gearbox drive at the centre.

     Contact: Peegee Whone

24.  The OS group has planned to spray Grog with Coca Cola more often.

     Action: Michael Sube
             Kathy Wright
             Craig Gaydos
             Robersi Tomato
             Ralf Frankenstein
             TBH
             TBH

Next meeting: Friday, 10 November, 12:15 pm

Friday, 10 November 1989 Frankfurt
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   SENT: 89-11-10  14:18
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     TO: DL.ESSGALL @ESSG
SUBJECT: Jenny's meeting minutes, 10 November 1989
Minutes of Jenny's meeting, 10 November 1989

Attendees: Michael Sube
           Erich Taschner
           Tony Clark
           Grog Lehey
           Rainer Esslinger
           Robersi Tomato
           Xandy Stams
           Peegee Whone

Topics:

1.  Long discussion of Newton's laws of mechanics as applied to modern
    cars.

    Contact: Erich Taschner

2.  Customer F has IXF problems
    over X.25 with EM 3270.  Xandy and Erich to go to Paris on Monday.
    Xandy would prefer Maria to Erich, but this is nothing personal.

    Contact: Xandy Stams

3.  Customer F is the biggest bank
    in the world outside Japan.

    Contact: Grog Lehey

4.  ESSG's S2 machine is going to Customer
    G.  The background (rumoured):
    Customer G is a French system integrator, and had an important prospect,
    some Maltese military setup or another (how many are there?).
    They contacted our man in France, Patrick Toledano, who doesn't
    speak English very well but won't admit it.  They asked to go to
    Austin to see the machine, and he understood that all was well,
    but it turned out that nobody was expecting them, and it was the
    week of an exhibition in New York, and nobody was there.  They
    finally found a tired developer to talk to them about the machine,
    but there was no machine to be seen.  Exit militarys pissed off,
    enter Customer G even more pissed off.  So we have to deliver by 17
    November or lose Customer G.

    Contact: Grog Lehey

5.  ESSG is considering sending some people on site when the Customer G
    machine arrives, to ensure that no further cockups occur.

    Action: Grog Lehey

6.  Peegee was seen at work with a tie, and came late to lunch.  Rumour
    has it that he was to be talking to bankers again.  Many attempts
    at word play on these facts.

    Contact: Peegee Whone

7.  Ralf Frankenstein due back this weekend.  In view of the claim that
    they are expecting another earthquake in California this weekend,
    we think he may choose to wait for it.

    Contact: Uschi Mack

8.  New definition of Shift to the Left: the East Germans moving to
    West Germany.  The politicians amongst us proved that this was, in
    fact, a logical right shift.

    Contact: Auke Veenema

9.  Discussion of heat pumps and natural swimming pools

    Contact: Rainer Esslinger

10.  An army Leopard tank went to a private workshop for some engine
     repairs.  When it was finished, the engine worked, but the cannon
     was missing.  "What did you say was on the roof of your car, sir?"

     Contact: Xandy Stams

11.  Customer B has found an interesting bug in the File System,
     which has been there as long as Expand.  Can cause FEWRONGIDs
     on remote OPENs.  We have identified a fix, but need to convince
     Steve Schmidt that it is needed in Cxx.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

12.  Tony Kumar's fly-by-night ticket service has a sting in the tail.
     They come back a year later asking for more money.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

13.  Konrad Zuse has come full circle and is building another Z-1 in
     Berlin.

     Contact: Rainer Esslinger

14.  History lesson about the Zuse machines

     Contact: Erich Taschner

15.  Customer H's Pathway
     problems have hit production systems.  Ulli Fuhr is currently
     about to check whether the new fixes include all the ones they
     are currently used.  Not helped by the fact that Renate wants to
     cold load this evening.

     Contact: Erich Taschner

16.  Belle Dale's (brother and sister) in law have fled India and are
     currently in a refugee hotel in the Odenwald.  Peegee was there,
     not with the bankers, with Dale, trying to get their flight to
     England sorted out.  Not helped by the fact that 1) they don't
     speak English or German and 2) brother-in-law doesn't wear a
     turban, thus presumably alienating Param.

     Contact: Peegee Whone

17.  Belle is reported not to be in the best of health.  Further info
     not supplied.

     Contact: Tony Clark

18.  Customer G: Peegee says
     that Moos is concerned that the amount of memory supplied in the
     S2 machine will not be enough for serious benchmarking.  Grog to
     contact Virgil.

     Action: Grog Lehey

19.  Tomato claims that his new license plate is F-AC 256, but he is
     not sure that he will even minimally met standards.

     Contact: Robersi Tomato

     *** urgent update *** Tomato now claims it's only F-AC 236.  He's
     still not sure he can cope.

20.  Peegee expressed disappointment that Jenny has removed her nail
     varnish.  He carried a knife for her.

     Contact: George

21.  We are trying to work out a plan to sell the Berlin Wall to
     Disneyland, thus solving the DDR's financial deficit in one swell
     foop.

     Contact: Rainer Esslinger

22.  Xandy and his band have made a cassette and given a copy to Jenny,
     who is impressed.

     Contact: Xandy Stams

23.  Either Rainer is drunk or Jenny looks like a green penguin.

     Contact: Rainer Esslinger

24.  MaF got D00 up on \FIX.  It's down now, but that's because we
     wanted to connect to the net again (Wench is adamant that no D00
     system should be connected to the net, yet).

     Contact: Manfred Fidelak

25.  XXX XXX (XY) and Ellen Kercher (XX) coming to interview today,
     both for Unix positions.  XXX XXX is from Tandem and has NOT told
     his manager, a thing which aroused less than positive comments.

     Contact: Xandy Stams

26.  Kees Kuijt, ex Altos, does not want to work for ESSG in Frankfurt.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

27.  We have worked out a multi-ouzo TMR model: take three glasses of
     ouzo, and drink one.  It is obvious that the empty one has failed.
     Drink another, and it is obvious that the full one is failed.  This
     shows a) the follies of TMR with multiple failures and b) the
     follies of drinking too much ouzo.

     Contact: gRgo LeehY

28.  Should we go to the GmbH Christmas party? People were upset that
     it was on a Thursday, and suspected ulterior motives.  The
     pacifists and the boozers were for going to the party.

     Contact: Xandy Stams

29.  The extra two days of holiday this year will be: official, 1/2 day
     Christmas Eve, 1/2 day New Year's Eve.  The other day is at your
     discretion up to the 31st March, to make sense should not overlap
     with any other day of holiday.  Check your pay slips, but it
     appears that they have forgotten to enter it there.

     Action: Grog Lehey

30.  Jenny may not be moving to the new Sports Centre after all, but
     may chose to renovate the old hut.

     Contact: Jenny

Next meeting: Monday, 13 November, 12:15 pm

Monday, 13 November 1989 Frankfurt
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   SENT: 89-11-13  14:25
   FROM: LEHEY_GREG (Greg Lehey)
     TO: DL.FP @ESSG
SUBJECT: Jenny's meeting minutes, 13 November 1989
Minutes of Jenny meeting, 13 November 1989

Present: Rainer Esslinger
         Robersi Tomato
         Peegee Whone
         Grog Lehey
         Michael Sube

1.  People are missing the Schaller minutes

    Contact: Rainer Esslinger

2.  Tomato is chasing D00 internships at Corporate

    Action: Robersi Tomato

3.  Peegee has difficulty breaking Mac copy protection.

    Contact: Peegee Whone

4.  The special Berlin classical concert on TV yesterday showed the
    principal oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic playing a boxwood oboe
    with golden keywork.  Question: was it made by Guntram Wolf?

    Contact: Guntram Wolf

5.  How do you issue 4 million visas in a hurry? The logistics must be
    appalling.

    Contact: Michael Sube

6.  Who is paying the 400 000 000 DM Begruessungsgeld? You and I!

    Contact: Peegee Whone

7.  So finally most of the BRD uses cars with low pollution engines.
    And what happens? Thousands of Trabbis come over to increase the
    pollution again.

    Contact: Peegee Whone

8.  The fact that Customer G gets our S2 should not mean that we get ours
    any later, since it is going to HPRC first.  The date is still firm
    at the 11th December.

    Contact: Grog Lehey

9.  Solutions discussed for Customer K's spooler problems.  Seems that
    their print process does not abide by Tandem specs, a feature it
    shares with Tandem's print process.

    Contact: Rainer Esslinger

10.  Discussion of file system errors 218 and 222.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

11.  Uschi Mack called.  Ralf was so disappointed that there was no
     earthquake that he took a cyclone instead.  Now expected back on
     the 16th November.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

12.  Moos Bulder is in Paderborn, not in Austin.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

13.  XXX YYYY, whom we interviewed on Friday, is arguably the
     ugliest person we have ever seen.  She is also not interested in
     systems, so we are not interested in her.  About the only thing of
     interest was that she told us that IBM does its AIX development in
     Austin TX, presumably down Burnett/FM 1325.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

14.  One of the arguments about XXX's ugliness was that there is an
     Italian (female) MP who is at least as ugly.  Her name is not
     Cicciolina.

     Contact: Robersi Tomato

15.  Getting a visa for the DDR requires registration 8 weeks in
     advance.  Fly and fixers please note and predict failures in time.

     Contact: Peegee Whone

16.  Belle Dale's in-laws stayed in Germany and did not go to England
     with her.  This was a transcription error in the minutes of the
     10th.  They did go to a Sikh temple in Param's garage, but there
     was only a single person there with a turban on.

     Contact: Peegee Whone

17.  So nice, so nice, we do it twice: Francois Mitterand likes Germany
     very much - so much, in fact, that he would rather have two.

     Contact: Rainer Esslinger

18.  Grog is off to England next week in the next stage of finding
     people to fill his head count.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

19.  Rhod Davies hasn't said no yet.  He reminds us in appearance of
     Felix van Laethem.

     Contact: Peegee Whone

20.  Peegee is still gloating about expired TPRs.  The suggestion was
     made that they should be assigned to Peegee pending resolution of
     response required date.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

21.  Jenny gave us a round of coffee.

     Contact: Jenny

22.  Michael admired Jenny's fingernails, which were varnished again,
     thus pre-empting Peegee.

     Contact: George

23.  Datemail is not universally known as a way to send reminder mail
     messages.  Anybody not using it should

     Contact: Grog Lehey

24.  Ouzo from Rhodos can knock your block off.

     Contact: Peegee Whone

25.  Fritz Joern can calculate pi to 500 places.  We tend to manage that
     many in the course of a few lunches.

     Contact: Rainer Esslinger

26.  Peegee broke Jenny's watch, then blamed Elias for it.

     Contact: Peegee Whone

27.  Elias was not amused

     Contact: Elias

28.  Elias is the next new hire in the subsystems group

     Contact: Xandy Stams

29.  Jenny offered to cut Peegee's hair

     Contact: Jenny

30.  Steve Hodge is currently somewhere attempting to ensure market
     acceptance of SNAX-CDF.

     Contact: Heave Stodge

31.  Roberto's car (F-AC 236) can't get it up.  It took the petrol gauge
     5 minutes to show the correct value.

     Contact: Robersi Tomato

Next meeting: 12 November, 12:15 pm

Tuesday, 14 November 1989 Frankfurt
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   SENT: 89-11-14  14:46
   FROM: LEHEY_GREG (Greg Lehey)
     TO: DL.FP @ESSG
SUBJECT: Jenny's meeting minutes, 14 November 1989
Meetings of Jenny's meeting, 14 November 1989

Present: Robersi Tomato
         Rainer Esslinger
         Michael Sube
         Peegee Whone
         Grog Lehey
         Juergen Lang *
         Ton Vrouwe *
         Renate Sueberkrueb

*: Guest

1.  unido has problems sending mail documentation.  They will find a
    photocopier Real Soon Now.

    Contact: Michael Sube

2.  Essensmarken are dying out.  The DM 55 that Datzperson is proposing
    will not quite make up for them, at least for those who don't
    travel.

    Contact: Peter Dutzmann

3.  God decided that the world was a failure, and that he should
    destroy it.  In view of the number of people living on it, however,
    he decided to call in the three most important politicians for
    breakfast: Bush, Krenz and Gorbachev, not necessarily in that
    order.  They had breakfast together, and God told them the way it
    had to be, no arguments, nothing, the world would end in two weeks
    time.  Off they went back home.

    Bush: "My friends, I have good news and bad news.  The good news
    is, God has called me personally to his side, showing again that
    God is on Our Side.  The bad news is, the world will end in two
    weeks' time"

    Gorbachev: "Comrades, I have bad news and more bad news.  Firstly,
    there is a God.  Secondly, he told me that the world will end in
    two weeks"

    Krenz: "Genossen, I have good news and good news.  Firstly, God has
    recognised the GDR as one of the three most important countries in
    the world.  Secondly, I have positive confirmation that there will
    be no more demonstrations in two weeks' time".

    Contact: Peegee Whone

4.  Peter Datzmann now recognises that Germany is the centre of the
    world.  All we need is a little time, the Americans will leave,
    the Russians will leave, Germany will reunite, and Germany will be
    the leading power in the world.

    Contact: God

5.  We should move ESSG to Berlin.  Rentals in East Berlin average M
    120 per month.  At the current exchange rate of 10 to 1, this is DM
    12.  You could rent a whole street in Berlin, another thing (apart
    from the initial letter) it has in common with Birmingham.

    Contact: Rainer Esslinger

6.  We should do another Cyclone announcement in Berlin.  If it has the
    same effect as the last one, there will be an earthquake, the wall
    will collapse, and Berlin will have a good autobahn right in the
    middle of town.

    Contact: Rainer Esslinger

7.  Another way of creating an earthquake might be to get a whole lot
    of tables in the middle of Berlin, put 2000000 Chinese on them,
    and get them to jump off.

    Contact: Rainer Esslinger

8.  Michael has LXN sendmail objects, but not documentation or source.
    Needs to contact Jack the Ripper.

    Contact: Jack the Ripper

9.  Discussed algorithms for breaking data streams containing ESC
    sequences.

    Contact: Rainer Esslinger

10.  How many nowaits will DP2 accept? Why?

     Contact: Grog Lehey

11.  Michael prefers the little black ones to the fat green ones.

     Contact: Michael Sube

12.  Tomato wants better shaped olives, will enter an RFE to the Black
     Hole.

     Contact: Robersi Tomato

13.  Rainer is trying to make jokes about the OS group.  He needs help.

     Contact: Rainer Esslinger

14.  Guy Haas suspects that our meetings are really in some Kneipe or
     another.

     Contact: Guy Haas

15.  Torben Holm changed the SUPPORT.PRS remote passwords.  He will give
     out a round of Gammeldansk.

     Contact: Torben Holm

16.  Torben didn't turn up to lunch.  Jenny doesn't have Gammeldansk.

     Contact: Jenny

17.  Craig spent a lot of time trying to break into USERID to find out
     the SUPPORT.PRS remotepasswords.  Xandy had a program.

     Contact: Xandy Stams

18.  The Chaos Computer Club should check our security arrangements.

     Contact: Rainer Esslinger

19.  Call the hotline number for any old shit.

     Contact: ESSG hotline

20.  Erich-P, Erich-M and Hanna are on a PTT sightseeing tour with a
     lot of American X.25 people.

     Contact: Bad Penny

21.  We agreed to copy guests on these minutes.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

22.  We didn't agree to copy other people mentioned in the minutes.

     Contact: Peegee Whone

23.  Peegee won a watch in a competition.  He really wanted a BMW.

     Contact: Peegee Whone

24.  At the request of Rainer Esslinger: "When you take a photo of a
     group of managers, you don't need negatives".

     Contact: don't bother

25.  Peegee and Renate are making a mutual admiration tape.

     Contact: Evelyn Whone

26.  Rainer gave a round out after a total failure to incite our guests
     (primary and backup) to do so.  Content: 1 Pils, 2 Ouza, 2 Mocca, 2
     buckets, 1 nothing (served in a boot).

     Contact: Rainer Esslinger

27.  We should connect a modem line to Jenny's

     Contact: Erich Ditzel

28.  Susanne Schauss ordered the wrong S2 machine, causing jumping up
     and down in Austin.

     Contact: don't bother

29.  Dave Zirker has been reincarnated as Mr.  SUT Quality.  He will be
     here tomorrow so that Renate can tell him what a SUT is.

     Contact: Renate Sueberkrueb

30.  Ken King is Mr.  (bar nothing) Quality.  He takes weeks to answer
     his mail.

     Contact: Ken King (how?)

31.  When you go on a quality training seminar, you get paired off with
     some unlikely person and then given a case study.  When you leave,
     you discover that it's for real.  All the responsibility and none
     of the authority.

     Contact: Ilene Birkwood

32.  Rob Summerfield (another quality person) went to Barclays.
     Unfortunately, he didn't know what their problems were.

     Contact: Rob Summerfield

33.  Peegee saw Jimmy T.  in Cupertino last time he was there.  Should we
     copy him on the minutes?

     Contact: Jimmy Treybig

34.  Rainer wants Reinhard Bruns (quality man) to go
     to Customer K to
     explain our situation.  Peegee doesn't think this would do the
     company any good.

     Contact: Peegee Whone

35.  Customer K is pissed
     off because of missing manuals, and the fact that, although their
     CLXs have *only* reel-to-reel tapes, all SUTs from Manufacturing
     and Neufahrn come on cartridges.

     Contact: Rainer Esslinger

36.  Chris Varr should have changed the central sites file so that Customer
     K get the right kinds of tapes.

     Contact: Renate Sueberkrueb

37.  Order processing is screwed up

     Contact: don't bother

38.  Situation processing is messed up because the various members
     report to different organisations, and we don't meet until a long
     way up (at least as high as Rob Hoogstraten, if not Bob Marshall).
     We need an action team reporting to one not-too-high entity, we
     need somebody with the authority to resolve a problem.

     Contact: Rainer Esslinger

39.  We need a laptop on-site for writing the minutes.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

40.  Peegee lost his handbag, and suspected it was in Grog's.  Grog
     said, "It's too long".  Peegee: "Nobody's ever said that to me
     before".

     Contact: Evelyn Whone

41.  Peegee was right.

     Contact: Peegee Whone

Wednesday, 15 November 1989 Frankfurt
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     CC.  RAVENSDALE_STEPH @EUROPE,VROUWE_TON @HOLLAND,ZIRKER_DAVID @THAMES
         BARTLETT_WENDY @TSII
SUBJECT: Still more Jenny's meeting minutes, 15.1 November 1989
Jenny's meeting minutes, 15 November 1989

Present: Craig Gaydos
         Rainer Esslinger
         Robersi Tomato
         Grog Lehey
         Michael Sube
         Ton Vrouwe
         Peegee Whone
         Renate Sueberkrueb
         David Zirker
         Kathy Wright
         Xandy Stams (late)

1.  We have to do something about Backup and  Restore  code.  It's
    cleverly written, but we don't have documentation, and we had no
    answers from Development.  Craig says 400000 customers have
    complained  about  the  error  messages,  though  he  is  not
    completely sure about this number.  Crossref  and  maps would
    really help.  Craig suspects that they are trying to hide info to
    make it look like C.

    Action: Craig Gaydos

2.  Michael has almost installed  SMTP  on  solo, but has trouble
    because it insists on downshifting his names.

    Contact: Michael Sube

3.  Craig broke the on-call beeper  yesterday.  It  wouldn't stop
    beeping  on the way home, so he threw it on the floor, and it
    finally stopped.

    Action: Craig Gaydos

4.  We still need to look at the question of portable phones.

    Contact: Grog Lehey

5.  Ralf is due  back  tomorrow,  but  we  still  haven't  had an
    earthquake.

    Contact: Uschi Mack

6.  Peegee  is  meeting  with  Dave  Zirker.  Rumour has  it  that
    Neufahrn SUTs are only used to verify system function.

    Contact: Ton Vrouwe

7.  Craig's Mac has been approved.  Now he doesn't have any excuse not
    to support it.

    Contact: Craig Gaydos

8.  Macs  are  still  too expensive in Europe.  Craig is sure that
    people won't buy them.

    Contact: Craig

9.  If you are suffering from engaged lines, call 101 (the German
    operator number), the PTT  can  get  through more easily than you
    can.  Of course, it costs (much) more.

    Contact: Rainer Esslinger

10.  Craig described his work plan, to the amusement of all.

     Contact: Craig Gaydos

11.  Currently operator calls  to  the DDR have a 12-hour backlog.  The
     backlog  expires  at  midnight.  Real  emergencies  have highest
     priority (Grandma has died, etc.).

     Contact: Rainer Esslinger

12.  Eberhard  Dongus  has  the wrong phone number  in  TELE,  the
     operator doesn't answer in the Berner Strasse.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

13.  Some customer  in France wants to declare a situation because he
     can't get a C10 system up.  Craig  doesn't  know  who  the customer
     is.

     Contact: Craig Gaydos

14.  After 6 months of screaming, Craig delivered a B40/V80 EBF to a
     French customer whose name  he  forgot.  He  contacted Carl
     Niehaus to get the job done, and they found a  B40/V80 system
     within a day.

     Contact: Craig Gaydos

15.  These meetings are getting too serious.  On the other hand, we
     shouldn't include  jokes  in  the  minutes,  since  that way,
     Peegee can't go to High Wycombe and tell it again.

     Contact: Peegee Whone

16.  Some people find that the minutes are not serious enough.  But
     then,  neither  is  the meeting.  We agreed not to falsify the
     minutes.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

17.  The  OS  group  will have a meeting tomorrow (16 November) at
     10:30  am  in  Grog's  office.  All invited, bring  your  own
     coffee.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

18.  HDM want to install XL8s under B40/DP1.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

19.  Craig  wanted to know which city Heidelberger  Dreckmaschinen is
     in.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

20.  B40 support will finish (shoulder shrug).

     Contact: Peegee Whone

21.  Reppo is off to Customer D this afternoon.

     Contact: Reppo Littlejohns

22.  Mike Lack and Reppo both deny any understanding  of  TMDS.  We
     don't blame them.

     *** Update *** Reppo thought we had to support this  crap.  He does
     understand  how  to  use  it  and  to work  around  its
     limitations.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

23.  Banco popolare de Bergamo intends  to use S2s instead of PCs.
     Roberto has  a villa in the mountains nearby, and desperately
     wants to run a Beta test there.

     Contact: Cesare

24.  David Zirker thinks Spain has more sales potential than Italy at
     the moment.

     Contact: David Zirker

25.  Craig didn't put his name down on the white board  last week, but
     refused  to  give  one  out.  He  thinks  it  should  be
     voluntary, but the general feeling was that this was a reason to
     volunteer.

     Contact: Craig Gaydos

26.  Wench has replied to Tomato  agreeing  about  internships.  We
     still need to sort out who pays.

     Contact: Robersi Tomato

27.  Jenny gave one out: dessert.

     Contact: Jenny

28.  Peegee gave one out, since he felt that somebody should stand up.

     Contact: Peegee Whone

29.  Grog turned down Jenny's offer.

     Contact: Yvonne Lehey

30.  Xandy decided to have a liquid lunch.

     Contact: Xandy Stams

31.  We need an old TNS/I at Jenny's so that the  minutes computer
     doesn't run out of batteries.

     Contact: Michael Sube

32.  Craig claims that DEBUG sometimes  gives  a  SYN?  error when
     accessing between the end  of  the segment and the end of the
     page.

     Contact: Craig Gaydos

33.  Craig has become religious.

     Contact: Craig Gaydos

34.  We  need an idler program which shows the  screen  as  it  is
     filling up with water, with fishes swimming around.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

35.  Alternatively, a  program for extracting ouzo from a PC would also
     be a neat idea.

     Contact: Michael Sube

36.  The  Guardian file server on the  LAN  is  brain-damaged.  It
     doesn't understand EXPAND (NIH), and insists on supplying all
     disks as  the top level directory contents.  We need something more
     adjustable, so that we can use XTREE on a  single drive, or run a
     program from a different T/16 node.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

37.  Xandy is getting old.  He  didn't  know who Melissa Etheridge is.

     Contact: Xandy Stams

38.  Suggestion of the week: update of MSS database should be done in
     Austin, because it  couldn't  be  done  any worse than now (Austin
     could, however, disprove this theory).

     Contact: David Zirker

39.  David Zirker hasn't done anything about career planning.

     Contact: David Zirker

40.  Braunlage is overbooked.  We  may have to share rooms.  Peegee has
     already produced a list, but is not sure that it  will be
     respected.  Grog thinks the list should be about 3 or  4 long,
     Peegee is more tolerant.

     Contact: Stephanie Ravensdale

Next meeting: 16 November, 12:15
Agenda: Pastitzio

Thursday, 16 November 1989 Frankfurt
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SUBJECT: Jenny's meeting minutes, 16 November 1989
Jenny's meeting minutes, 15 November 1989

Present: Robersi Tomato
         Michael Sube
         Xandy Stams
         Erich Ditzel
         Erich Taschner
         Grog Lehey
         Ton Vrouwe
         Renate Sueberkrueb
         Kathy Wright

1.  Erich, Erich and Xandy are antisocial.  They decided to hold a
    private meeting.

    Contact: Erich, Erich, Xandy

2.  Grog still  hasn't lost weight.  Michael thinks this is normal
    for 5 ouzos per day.

    Contact: Michael Sube

3.  Kathy  and  Renate  wanted to start a  private  meeting,  but
    didn't have an agenda.

    Contact: Renate Sueberkrueb

4.  Rainer Esslinger joined the renegades.  The  choice  was based
    on beer distribution.

    Contact: Rainer Esslinger

5.  Renate worked out an agenda, but will hold the meeting later.

    Contact: Renate Sueberkrueb

6.  Michael is still working  on  X.25.  It  isn't working on the
    LXN.

    Contact: Michael Sube

7.  Michael is also having trouble  with  sendmail.  So  nice, so
    nice, we do it twice.

    Contact: Michael Sube

8.  The OS group in Frankfurt will be all out  next  week.  Wondo
    will be the  only  OS  person.  Michael will be in Paris with
    Customer G, Kathy, Craig and
    Tomato will be in Amsterdam learning quality, Grog will be in
    England interviewing the UNIX candidates.

    Contact: Grog Lehey

9.  A  customer  in  Muenchen tried to create a split brain.  They
    were successful.

    Contact: Kathy Wright

10.  What do we do with expired 6528 TPRs? The buck stops here.

    Contact: Grog Lehey

11.  What happens if a missing info TPR expires?  Grog  says, send
     it back and get them to re-enter the  TPR  when  the  info is
     available, promising preferential treatment.

     Contact: Peegee Whone

12.  Laptops on a plane make a hell of a noise.  Plane  engines are
     obviously too quiet.

     Contact: Kathy Wright

13.  Suggestion for making take-off delays  not so big a deal: get
     one of the passengers absolutely blasted and get  him  to put
     on a show.

     Contact: Kathy Wright

14.  Erich  Ditzel thinks that taking minutes  is  too  much  like
     being in a meeting.

     Contact: Erich Ditzel

15.  Kathy likes the big green ones

     Contact: Michael Sube

16.  Tomato impressed Renate.  He remembered what happened  the day
     before yesterday.

     Contact: Renate Sueberkrueb

17.  Do customers know that CEs  perform  primary  switches during
     PM? Do they care? Do they understand?

     Contact: Robersi Tomato

18.  We  have  solved  the Jenny's computer problem:  on  the  8th
     December, we will install an S2.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

19.  Subsequently, we will all commit ritual suicide.

     Contact: Robersi Tomato

20.  Ouzo came from the renegades.  We're not sure we're grateful.

     Contact: Rainer Esslinger

21.  New maths: "The second of the three is the first".

     Contact: Ton Vrouwe

22.  How do we get to Braunlage? The majority favour helicopter.

     Contact: Michael Sube

23.  We have a  solution  to the Braunlage overbooking problem.  We
     have  established  that  100 people want to share a room with
     Maria Olivero.  That leaves one room per person for the rest.

     Contact: Michael Sube

24.  How much money do you need when travelling to Holland? Hfl 15

     Contact: Grog Lehey

25.  Turning the hard disk off  on  a  laptop  doesn't necessarily
     save the battery.

     Contact: Grog Lehey

Next meeting: 17 November, 12:15
Agenda: Leg of lamb

Friday, 17 November 1989 Frankfurt
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          Jenny's meeting minutes, 17 November 1989

          Present: Ton Vrouwe
                   Michael Sube
                   Dieter Wolf (not on a diet today)
                   Torben Holm
                   Robersi Tomato
                   Grog Lehey

          1.  A Texan finds oil in his back yard and goes to Dallas to find
              how to invest the money.  They  send  him home and tell him to
              come back in a week.  Then they told him: buy a jet bomber for
              $50000000, bombs for $4000000,  hire  a  pilot  for $1000000.
              When he asked why, he was told: "If the Jews  do  it, it must
              be a good investment".  Even Grog understood after a while.

              Contact: Robersi Tomato

          2.  Another breakaway meeting: Erich, Erich and Monika

              Contact: Erich, Erich, Monika

          3.  Erich Taschner thinks that using  a laptop for the minutes is
              a breach of German Arbeitsrecht.

              Contact: Erich Taschner

          4.  Why are we hiring UNIX  specialists  in  England?  Because we
              can't find any in Germany.

              Contact: Grog Lehey

          5.  IBM had flat screen displays 20 years ago, and they were more
              legible than modern ones.  Projected price: $5 to build it.  So
              what happened to it? Grog suspects that the power consumption
              was the problem.

              Contact: Robersi Tomato

          6.  Is there a 6530 emulator for Suns?

              Contact: Michael Sube

          7.  Michael  would like to have a son, not  so  interested  in  a
              daughter.

              Contact: Michael Sube

          8.  Frankenstein is back.  No more earthquakes in California for a
              while.

              Contact: Uschi Mack

          9.  Tomato is worried about what could happen  while Frankenstein
              is in Frankfurt.

              Contact: Robersi Tomato

          10.  Good news: single stroke answers  two TPRs.  Bad news: the IPM
              referred is not available.

              Contact: Robersi Tomato

          11.  Two-stroke cars such as the  Trabbi need oil in their petrol.
              This doesn't need to be  pre-mixed, however: there is a mixer
              in the filling cap.

              Contact: Grog Lehey

          12.  We are heading for a conflict in keeping minutes: some people
              are getting  pissed  off.  We  need  a  vote as to whether we
              continue or not.  Your opinions, please.

              Contact: Grog Lehey

          13.  Tomato likes the minutes.  That  way he gets to find out what
              people said in German.

              Contact: Robersi Tomato

          14.  Dieter likes the little black ones and the big green ones.

              Contact: Dieter Wolf

          15.  There will be enough rooms in Braunlage.  Not sure what we can
              do for Maria.

              Contact: Jim Olivero

          16.  Lufthansa is planning to stop inland flights, since the delay
              makes it slower than trains.

              Contact: Dieter Wolf

          17.  Amexco travel saves you time, but costs money.  Used to be you
              could get a room at the Maidenhead Crest for #39,  and Amexco
              could get you the same room for only  #65.  At  least  at the
              Crest they now alter the rate.

              Contact: Grog Lehey

          18.  Grog  is going to England on Monday,  to  France  on  Friday.
              Craig, Kathy  and Tomato are going to Amsterdam, Michael will
              be going to Paris in the afternoon.  Ton and Frankenstein will
              be running the OS shop next week.

              Contact: Rob Hoogstraten

          19.  Tomato will be in the office *some time* next week (beer bust
              at the latest).

              Contact: Robersi Tomato

          20.  Jean Fernandez of the Black Hole only has  22%  TPRs expired.
              This is because her job is to reassign them.

              Contact: Grog Lehey

          21.  Ton gave one out  (2  Mokka, 1 bucket, 3 ouzo).  Dieter didn't
              understand.  Neither did Torben.

              Contact: Ton Vrouwe

          22.  Jenny gave one out (fruits).  Everybody understood.

              Contact: Jenny

          23.  Epson Equity LT has a problem:  to  set the time, you need to
              enter a diagnostic routine.

              Contact: Manfred "Mr.  Time" Fidelak

          24.  Dieter has rearranged his office.  He  obviously  doesn't have
              enough to do.  We were generous and offered  him  something to
              pass the time.

              Contact: Dieter Wolf

          25.  OS/2 is too complicated in  the user interface, that's why it
              is catching on so slowly.

              Contact: Grog Lehey

          26.  OS/2  is getting new applications.  There  is  one  already  -
              Microsoft Excel.

              Contact: Ton Vrouwe

          27.  New idea for palmtops: inflatable keyboard.

              Contact: Dieter Wolf

          28.  Maddi needs a man.

              Contact: Maddi Hausmann

          29.  Maddi needs three men, so that she can tell which one fails.

              Contact: Michael Sube, Michael Sube, Michael Sube

          30.  (left over from yesterday) German cars are the  way  they are
              because they are designed by robots and built by Germans.

              Contact: Ton Vrouwe

          31.  We  need  somebody   to   keep  the  minutes  on  Monday.  We
              volunteered Peegee.

              Contact: Peegee Whone

          Next meeting: 20 November, 12:15
          Agenda: Giros

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