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M'wana Ndeti, a member of Zaire's Bantu tribe, used an IBM global uplink network modem yesterday to crush a nut.
Ndeti, who spent 20 minutes trying to open the nut by hand, easily cracked it open by smashing it repeatedly with the powerful modem.
"I could not crush the nut by myself," said the 47-year-old Ndeti, who added the savory nut to a thick, peanut-based soup minutes later. "With IBM's help, I was able to break it." Ndeti discovered the nut-breaking, 28.8 V.34 modem yesterday, when IBM was shooting a commercial in his southwestern Zaire village. During a break in shooting, which shows African villagers eagerly teleconferencing via computer with Japanese school children, Ndeti snuck onto the set and took the modem, which he believed would serve well as a "smashing" utensil.
IBM officials were not surprised the longtime computer giant was able to provide Ndeti with practical solutions to his everyday problems. "Our telecommunications systems offer people all over the world global networking solutions that fit their specific needs," said Herbert Ross, IBM's director of marketing. "Whether you're a nun cloistered in an Italian abbey or an Aborigine in Australia's Great Sandy Desert, IBM has the ideas to get you where you want to go today."
According to Ndeti, of the modem's many powerful features, most impressive was its hard plastic casing, which easily sustained several minutes of vigorous pounding against a large stone. "I put the nut on a rock, and I hit it with the modem," Ndeti said. "The modem did not break. It is a good modem."
Ndeti was so impressed with the modem that he purchased a new, state-of-the-art IBM workstation, complete with a PowerPC 601 microprocessor, a quad-speed internal CD-ROM drive and three 16-bit ethernet networking connectors. The tribesman has already made good use of the computer system, fashioning a gazelle trap out of its wires, a boat anchor out of the monitor and a crude but effective weapon from its mouse.
"This is a good computer," said Ndeti, carving up a just-captured gazelle with the computer's flat, sharp internal processing device. "I am using every part of it. I will cook this gazelle on the keyboard." Hours later, Ndeti capped off his delicious gazelle dinner by smoking the computer's 200-page owner's manual.
IBM spokespeople praised Ndeti's choice of computers. "We are pleased that the Bantu people are turning to IBM for their business needs," said company CEO William Allaire. "From Kansas City to Kinshasa, IBM is bringing the world closer together. Our cutting-edge technology is truly creating a global village."
Three Microsoft software engineers and three IBM software engineers are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three IBM software engineers each buy tickets and watch as the three Microsoft software engineers buy only a single ticket.
"How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?' asks one of the IBM programmers.
"Watch and you'll see," answers the Microsoft programmer.
They all board the train. The IBM software engineers take their respective seats but all three Microsoft software engineers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them.
Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, "ticket, please." The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.
The IBM software engineers witness all this and agreed it was quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the IBMers decide to copy the Microsofties on the return trip and save some money.
When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the Microsoft programmers don't buy a ticket at all.
"How are you going to travel without a ticket?" asks one of the perplexed IBM employees.
"Watch and you'll see," answers one of the Microsoft programmers.
When they board the train the three IBM programmers cram into the first restroom they can. The three Microsoft programmers pile into another one nearby. Shortly thereafter, the train leaves the station.
After a brief interval, one of the Microsoft software engineers leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the IBM programmers are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, "Ticket, please..."
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Operator PD Play Dead PDKBN Punch Disk Binary PDOSI Play Des O'Connor Song Immediate PDSK Punch Disk PINV Punch Invalid POF Print On Fly POPI Punch OPerator Immediately PRANB Pick up Random Bits PRSMR Print and Smear PS* Punch obscenity PSD Pause and Smoke Dope PSP Print and Shred Paper PVLC Punch Variable Length Card RBAFG Read Binary And Forget RCDRD Rewind Card Reader RCDSCD Read Card and Scramble Data RCTKG Read Count Key and Garbage RD Reverse Directions RDBGG Random Bug Generator ** SPECIAL FEATURE ** RDBR Read Bad Record RDCBX Read Chad Box RDCHS Read Chaos RDIOST Read-In Only Storage ** SPECIAL FEATURE ** RDIRG Read Inter Record Gap RDNOR Read Noise Record RDS ReaD Sideways REDTH Reduce Throughput REIMT Reinitialize Meter REPAB Reverse Parity And Branch REWFR Rewind Forward RINV Read Invalid RIODNR Rotate Input/Output Device Numbers Randomly RIRG Read Inter-Record Gap RNR Rather Not Run ROLPR Rewind On-Line Printer RPBL Read Print and Blush RPI Reverse Priority of Interrupts RPLT Read from Plotter RPM Read Programmer's Mind RPTR Read from Printer RRR Rotate Right Randomly RSC Read and Shred Card RSD on Read error Self Destruct RSPP Randomly Shred Printer Paper RSTOM Read from STore-Only Memory RVDOD Reverse Drum Or Disk RVDRI Reverse Drum Immediate RWBKT Rewind and Break Tape RWCR Rewind Card Reader RWDSK Rewind Disk RWTOD Rewind Tape Onto Disk RWWRT Read and Write While Ripping Tape SADP Stop And Demand Payrise SARTZ Subtract And Reset To Zero SCCHS Scramble Channels SCDTA Scatter Data SCMRY Scatter Memory SCPR Scatter Print SCPSW Scatter Program Status Word SDI Scratch Disc Immediate SHAB SHift A Bit SHLBM SHift a Little Bit More SHLPN SHarpen Light PeNcil SKRSD Seek Record and Scar Disk SLD Slip Disk SMR Skip on Meaningless Result SMTACS Shift Manual To Automatic and Check Stop SOSAJ Select Output Stacker And Jam SOT Sit On a Tack SPRDK Shuffle Program Deck SPSW Scramble Program Status Word SPT Scramble Protected Tapes SQPC Sit Quietly and Play with 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