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VAX" Tradename reused ! 2832

Early microcomputer esp i8008 software
hansp The Intel PL-M compiler that generates i8008 code is out there on the net. It...

on Wed, 01 Feb 2006 06:42:39 -0500:

implies that the VAX vacuum cleaner predates DEC's use of the name.


Change in computers as a hobbiest
Hi everyone, Just some random thoughts I thought I'd share. I've been a computer hobbiest for most of my life, and I can't help but notice the change that has taken place over the last...

1. from Virtual Address eXtension The most successful minicomputer design in industry history, possibly excepting its immediate ancestor, the PDP-11. Between its release in 1978 and its eclipse by person micros after about 1986, the VAX was probably the hacker's favorite machine of them all, esp. after the 1982 release of 4.2 BSD Unix (see BSD). Esp. noted for its large, buttembler-programmer-friendly instruction set -- an buttet that became a liability after the RISC revolution. 2. A major brand of vacuum cleaner in Britain. Cited here because its sales pitch, "Nothing sucks like a VAX!" became a sort of battle-cry of RISC partisans. It is even sometimes claimed that DEC actually entered a cross-licensing deal with the vacuum-Vax people that allowed them to market VAX computers in the U.K. in return for not challenging the vacuum cleaner trademark in the U.S.

Change in computers as a hobbiest... 2835
Hi Alex, Alex Actually, if I had started in 1988, I likely wouldn't have started at all. To me the "glory days" were the mid...

A rival brand actually pioneered the slogan: its original form was "Nothing sucks like Electrolux". It has apparently become a clbuttic example (used in advertising textbooks) of the perils of not knowing the local idiom. But in 1996, the press manager of Electrolux AB, while confirming that the company used this slogan in the late 1960s, also tells us that their marketing people were fully aware of the possible double entendre and intended it to gain attention.

a sufficiently good idea to copy it. Several British hackers report that VAX's promotions used it in 1986-1987, and we have one report from a New Zealander that the infamous slogan surfaced there in TV ads for the product in 1992. -- Nick Spalding

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