One of the really good stories about John Drumhiller, during the early
development of Devcom Information System (PI), was when you were working
away in the afternoon and John would come in for the first time in a week
and tell every one to go home, that he needed the machine.  He rarely gave
any reason, just that he needed the machine.   The next mooring  you would
come in early and find John asleep under a table with empty six pack cartons
and McDonalds boxes all over the floor.  In a very limited discussion you
would find out that he had implemented the Resize command so in worked in
place rather that copy from file to file.  He would get up go home and not
be seen for another week or so.  His wife used to call the office to see if
anyone had seen John in the last week or so.
Did anyone know that John  actually wrote one of the first programs to catch
satellite transmissions from space.  He was working for Hushes Air Craft at
the time.  He stuck 8 PDP8's together and had the signal bounce from one
system to the other so he had time to process and store the data without
overflowing the small buffers.
Message: 7
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2004 23:15:58 +1000
From: "Ross Ferris" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: RE: PI Open is going away
To: "U2 Users Discussion List" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Don't forget to mention "the Drumheller(? Drumhella?) Trick !"
Ross Ferris
Stamina Software
Visage - an Evolution in Software Development

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