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Re: Re: Re: Re: Use Perl wisely, not cleverly

by extremely (Priest)
on Feb 21, 2003 at 00:26 UTC ( #237285=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Re: Use Perl wisely, not cleverly
in thread Use Perl wisely, not cleverly

Tandem once built a machine that could not die. It could fry processors, memory, backplanes, power supplies and continue to live.

Tandem once built a machine to government specs. It matched every Mil-spec tossed at it and stood triumphant amongst the rubble of its bid opponents.

Tandem once built a machine almost no one bought and fewer kept running. Tandem went against Cray and IBM at their height of competition and found that slow, wonky, proprietary, 100%, and tool-less lost out to fast, well-documented, proprietary but cloned, 99.9% with great tech support and helpful reps, and fabulous programming tool-sets.

Tandem, last I heard, was an in-joke at Compaq, where their PC department had already re-invented every useful tech in the box and couldn't imagine why their bosses bought the dead husk of a company. Patents, in case you are wondering...

And that is why, when yon troll brags about Tandem, everyone thinks he means bicycles. :) :)

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