Scott McNealy duped by a silly Internet hoax

CNET reports This week in the wild, wild Web. “At Oracle OpenWorld, Sun CEO Scott McNealy inadvertently illustrates how easy it is to fall for a high-tech hoax.” McNealy shoud be ashamed. Any good engineer ought to know better.

I got a real kick out of the picture, as it illustrates, in the background, a control center nearly identical to the on the submarine I served on from 1981-1986. It was a chilling flashback for me. At one time or another, I worked at all three of the consoles pictured, and can rattle off what each component is to this day, twenty years later.

Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure I worked on a DECWriter similar to the one in the foreground, in college in the 70’s.

And, no, we didn’t get to watch TV on the submarine.

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