not quite simultaneous
On fancy fax machines, the fax goes into a disk/SSD buffer, gets printed some time later (a long time if out of papers)
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Way back, my monthly summary said "X had to stop work on Y (which is on the critical path to Z) and start masturbating Z". Report went up the channel, no echo
A few months later, I wrote "so the ayatollahs of X have shown us our un-islamic ways". My boss got a messages to get me to control my language. I asked about ayatollahs being non-Ok when the M-word was OK. Management hd someone dig up the monthly reports -- which were supposedly read carefully, all the way up the management chain.
(this involved 2 sites, separated by 10 time-zones. My immediate boss did not have English as mother tongue -- and they don't teach such words in school)
Hebrew U CS got a PFDP11/55 delivered. It came Friday afternoon to TLV, and nobody wanted to risk it vanishing into customs' bottomless pit; so to Jerusalem it went.
No U staff around; so we tied the half-ton box to the floor upstairs (place looked like a castle gate), drove the truck forward, stopped teh box's swing by a table (which duly splintered), pushed it to a corner, left the rest for Sunday morning.
There was an ad in Greek in a computer magazine. I asked the group secretary (born Istanbul) what it said -- but she left Turkey at age 5+-, never learnt to READ Greek.
I have the Greek alphabet, and no more; I read it to her, she told me what it said.
So I had reading without comprehension, she had comprehension without reading (in Greek, that is -- we are both quite literate in general)
At Microsoft, they gave out patent plaques. Usually in the mail, but when one got presented at a group meeting, I saw a senior mathematician's eyes pop out -- she just plain wanted one!
My rule: "with my name on it, it's a Victoria cross. With no name, it's a piece of cheap plastic"
In 1996, the microprocessor forum gave out binders with chips in the cover https://www.computerhistory.org/revolution/digital-logic/12/330/1580 .
If they made that binder with 2023 technology, it would shrink to a SMALL postage stamp -- and the chips would become almost invisible
Maybe the USPS would make such a stamp ...
Ellsberg thinks his nuclear-war stuff could be more important than the pentagon papers. See his book "The doomsday machine" https://www.amazon.com/Doomsday-Machine-Confessions-Nuclear-Planner/dp/1608196704
He hid the files under a landfill -- and then a hurricane hit it. Took a generation of FOIA requests to reconstruct.
At one place, there were always too hot/too cold complaints; the staff ran around with a thermometer -- but never measured humidity.
By the way, one employee cycled to work, hung her wet sweatshirt out to dry -- and 9+ hours later it was still wet.
I suggested the thermometer be replaced by an astrology book -- no less accurate, and more interesting.
should have got hold of the contractor who made the mess.
In a previous job, a guy at the US end "revamped" the network, causing the network at the west-Asia end to crap out, stop work when we came in to work (10 times zones away). I found out his home 'phone #, and he got a call at (his) 2AM.
I also expressed a pious wish his balls would be "revamped" off.
I once had 4 hours/week on a DEC PDP11. RT11 had no concept of directories, and no partial wildcards. To know what my files were, I gave them my initials as extension (you could wildcard the name, specify extension -- that's RADIX50 for you ...), and people were wondering what new filetype this was.