• I sent my first email in 1975

    My first job at IBM was as a vacation student working in the ROSS User’s group, in RESPOND.
    ROSS – Rationalised Ordering Support System
    RESPOND – Retrieval Entry, Storage (and) Processing (of) Online Networked Data

    I was a clerk and the only Brit in the department.
    Every day I’d have to write a telex to coordinators in each European country advising them which ‘cycles’ had been processed overnight. A few months into the job I discovered the pleasure of using IBM golfball terminal/typewriters to use RETAIN (Remote Entry Technical Advice Information Network). I discovered that instead of hand writing telexes I could type them in myself and
    send these to a pan-European distribution list.

    Even though they were only being sent on the internal network these messages would now be considered emails.

    I can’t remember what I used to call them before I started sending PROFS Notes (we had been sending messages to/from TSO/VM ids well before PROFS/NOSS) but I still prefer using the term ‘note’ for a simple message, as opposed to ‘document’ for one written in Script/DCF.

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  • My real name is Robert Peter Gordon Miller


    So why am I called Herb?

    When I was a schoolboy at Portsmouth Grammar we were initially all called by our surnames. Being too dumb to ask each others Christian names (
    in those days we all had Christian names, even those who weren’t C of E ) we invented nicknames for each other e.g. Gasser, Blossom and Ipse.
    As I was a reasonably speedy but small cross country runner, rather than being called Dusty or Windy, they called me Mick; after Mick the Miller.

    I didn’t like it, so at the age of 13 or 14, when my best mate George Miles
    decided he’d like to be called G, I put about that I’d like to be called
    Herb – after Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

    The name stuck. Even my parents called me Herb. So when I first started at IBM I asked for that name to be put on my badge. Many years later, when I first got a Notes ID, the P for Peter got inserted into my name. I’ve never liked it.

    And did I know about Glenn Miller’s brother in those days?
    Answer: No

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  • I have not been banned from unicycling, yet


    Last year, I got some birthday money to spend on “cycling”.
    Having just completed a ride of over 500K I was relaxing in Avignon with a
    Small Beer (see SB list) when along came a unicyclist. In an instant my mind was made up. I’d learn to unicycle. It took me a while, but eventually I was confident enough to demonstrate my new found skills
    in the CLS offices, building D ground and the nearby car park.

    I still can’t free mount so am not able to ride to the pub. Even if I did achieve this, I doubt I’d ever be able to make it back again.

    Reminds me of the joke about the man who only had enough money to buy a hoop and a stick. He left the hoop outside the pub. On leaving he discovered it had been nicked. Like most people he was rather upset. “How the hell am I going to get home now?”

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  • I am banned from roller skating in IBM North Harbour

    A few years after they joined Phases 1 and 2 (F) with Phase 3 (E), by constructing building’s A to D, they introduced an automatic badge locked door at the end of D Ground. It was through this door that late departers or weekend workers could gain access to the building. As I a) worked in building F and b) did not yet have a home computer I often worked late into the night and even popped in at the weekends. I reduced my journey time within the buildings by roller skating the corridors. I could get up quite a speed on the smooth floors but had to stop quickly at the fire doors at between F and A and A and R since they only swung one way. It wasn’t long before a jobsworth security guard contacted my Manager (John “Superstar” Cowell) to tell me I was not allowed to roller skate in the offices for H&S reasons. I while later, I learnt that any easy way to get out of the building was through Goods Inwards. One night two of us attempted to depart by this route only to find our way blocked by the shutters being down. We could not get back into the building as our badges didn’t operate the nearest door. Eventually we called Security. “Hello Mr Miller”, said jobsworth. “I assume Mr Anderson is still there with you. Do you want to be let back in then?”

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Low Tide:06:14 ( 0.90m )
High Tide:13:24 ( 4.80m )
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01:22 High Tide ( 4.85m )
06:22 Low Tide ( 0.69m )
13:33 High Tide ( 4.83m )
18:48 Low Tide ( 0.57m )