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Funny Section Title

Burdette Lamar
Started out teaching English at Embry-Riddle. Graded 10,000 essays. Lesson learned. Became a mathematics teacher. Discovered computing. Never looked back.
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(Way) Back in the day, I was revising the TOPS-10 Utilities Manual. It had tabbed sections, including one called "Miscellaneous," which I thought a worthless section title.

I found homes in other sections for all but two utilities, which were:

  • PAT: Modify (patch) compiled object code.
  • ZAP: Modify running machine code.

I figured these belonged together, but didn't have a good idea for the section title. So I asked an OS developer.

His answer:

  • Section title: "Read Me Last!"
  • Illustration: Dev with gun pointed at own head.

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