[TUHS] made up errno contest, at an early USENIX

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Sun Sep 28 07:09:06 AEST 2014

Mike O’Brien (aka Mr. Protocol)

On Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 3:19 PM, Aharon Robbins <arnold at skeeve.com> wrote:

> Hi All.
> This is really gonna stretch the memories. (I may have even asked about
> it on this list before.)
> At one of the earlier USENIX conferences that I attended, maybe in
> Atlanta, there was a contest to make up humorous new errno values.
> The one that won, which I remember to this day was:
>         A host is a host from coast to coast,
>         and no-one can talk to host that's close,
>         unless the host that isn't close
>         is busy, hung, or dead.
> I have quoted this is the gawk doc for many years.
> I'm wondering if there is a way to find out who was the author
> of this gem? I'd like to give him/her credit.
> Thanks,
> Arnold
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