barryleiba at computer.org
Wed Mar 11 09:34:42 PDT 2009
Humorous (maybe) and meaningless (definitely) side-comment, here,
because we need to maintain levity as well as progress:
> My personal preference for best acronym used by the
> IETF is still IPoLPDN. I leave it as an exercise to the reader or the
> reader's memory to understand how that was pronounced.
Back in the early days of IBM's TOOLS system and "the forums" (see my
blog entry at http://staringatemptypages.blogspot.com/2009/03/leiba-lament.html
for more background on that), the program used for posting forum
entries prefaced quotes from earlier entries with the email address of
who said it -- "LEIBA at YKTVMV", for instance. One guy modified the
program to resolve the address from his personal address book ("NAMES
file") if it could, so it would say something like "Barry Leiba"
instead. Much more friendly, he thought.
Only, not everyone agreed. For one thing, people were used to it the
other way, and they could more readily see who said what if it always
appeared the same. For another thing, the guy didn't always put
people's *names* in his NAMES file. Lots of them were nicknames, such
as "August Founder" or "Great Descriptivist Satan", and that wasn't
always helpful. But he insisted on using his version.
Someone else started referring to the guy's practice as "Let the
Buggers Eat My NAMES File Entries and Like It", which got abbreviated
as "LtBEMNFEaLI". We decided that it would be pronounced "light-beam
feelie", and that it sounded like a mantra.
Thank you for listening. I now return you to the Argument Clinic
sketch, already in progress.
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