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foonly


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  Foonly  n.  1.  The  {PDP-10}  successor  that  was  to  have  been 
  built  by  the  Super  Foonly  project  at  the  Stanford  Artificial  Intelligence 
  Laboratory  along  with  a  new  operating  system.  (The  name  itself  came  from 
  FOO  NLI,  an  error  message  emitted  by  a  PDP-10  assembler  at  SAIL  meaning 
  "FOO  is  Not  a  Legal  Identifier".  The  intention  was  to  leapfrog  from  the 
  old  {DEC}  timesharing  system  SAIL  was  then  running  to  a  new  generation, 
  bypassing  TENEX  which  at  that  time  was  the  ARPANET  standard.  ARPA  funding 
  for  both  the  Super  Foonly  and  the  new  operating  system  was  cut  in  1974. 
  Most  of  the  design  team  went  to  DEC  and  contributed  greatly  to  the  design 
  of  the  PDP-10  model  KL10.  2.  The  name  of  the  company  formed  by  Dave 
  Poole,  one  of  the  principal  Super  Foonly  designers,  and  one  of  hackerdom's 
  more  colorful  personalities.  Many  people  remember  the  parrot  which  sat 
  on  Poole's  shoulder  and  was  a  regular  companion.  3.  Any  of  the  machines 
  built  by  Poole's  company.  The  first  was  the  F-1  (a.k.a.  Super  Foonly), 
  which  was  the  computational  engine  used  to  create  the  graphics  in  the 
  movie  "TRON".  The  F-1  was  the  fastest  PDP-10  ever  built,  but  only  one 
  was  ever  made  The  effort  drained  Foonly  of  its  financial  resources, 
  and  the  company  turned  towards  building  smaller,  slower,  and  much  less 
  expensive  machines.  Unfortunately,  these  ran  not  the  popular  {TOPS-20} 
  but  a  TENEX  variant  called  Foonex  this  seriously  limited  their  market. 
  Also  the  machines  shipped  were  actually  wire-wrapped  engineering 
  prototypes  requiring  individual  attention  from  more  than  usually 
  competent  site  personnel,  and  thus  had  significant  reliability  problems. 
  Poole's  legendary  temper  and  unwillingness  to  suffer  fools  gladly  did 
  not  help  matters.  By  the  time  of  the  Jupiter  project  cancellation  in 
  1983,  Foonly's  proposal  to  build  another  F-1  was  eclipsed  by  the  {Mars}, 
  and  the  company  never  quite  recovered.  See  the  {Mars}  entry  for  the 
  continuation  and  moral  of  this  story. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  Foonly 
 
  1.  The  {PDP-10}  successor  that  was  to  have  been  built  by  the 
  Super  Foonly  project  at  the  {Stanford  Artificial  Intelligence 
  Laboratory}  along  with  a  new  operating  system.  The  intention 
  was  to  leapfrog  from  the  old  DEC  {time-sharing}  system  SAIL 
  was  then  running  to  a  new  generation,  bypassing  TENEX  which  at 
  that  time  was  the  {ARPANET}  {standard}.  {ARPA}  funding  for 
  both  the  Super  Foonly  and  the  new  operating  system  was  cut  in 
  1974.  Most  of  the  design  team  went  to  DEC  and  contributed 
  greatly  to  the  design  of  the  PDP-10  model  KL10. 
 
  2.  The  name  of  the  company  formed  by  Dave  Poole,  one  of  the 
  principal  Super  Foonly  designers,  and  one  of  hackerdom's  more 
  colourful  personalities.  Many  people  remember  the  parrot 
  which  sat  on  Poole's  shoulder  and  was  a  regular  companion. 
 
  3.  Any  of  the  machines  built  by  Poole's  company.  The  first 
  was  the  F-1  (a.k.a.  Super  Foonly),  which  was  the 
  computational  engine  used  to  create  the  graphics  in  the  movie 
  "TRON".  The  F-1  was  the  fastest  PDP-10  ever  built,  but  only 
  one  was  ever  made  The  effort  drained  Foonly  of  its  financial 
  resources,  and  the  company  turned  towards  building  smaller, 
  slower,  and  much  less  expensive  machines.  Unfortunately, 
  these  ran  not  the  popular  {TOPS-20}  but  a  TENEX  variant  called 
  Foonex  this  seriously  limited  their  market.  Also  the 
  machines  shipped  were  actually  wire-wrapped  engineering 
  prototypes  requiring  individual  attention  from  more  than 
  usually  competent  site  personnel,  and  thus  had  significant 
  reliability  problems.  Poole's  legendary  temper  and 
  unwillingness  to  suffer  fools  gladly  did  not  help  matters.  By 
  the  time  of  the  Jupiter  project  cancellation  in  1983,  Foonly's 
  proposal  to  build  another  F-1  was  eclipsed  by  the  {Mars},  and 
  the  company  never  quite  recovered.  See  the  {Mars}  entry  for 
  the  continuation  and  moral  of  this  story. 
 
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