• Subject: Re: AS/400 trivia questions
  • From: "Al Barsa, Jr." <barsa2@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 17:04:12 -0700

> > What was the internal project name that eventually brought us the
> >AS/400 ?
> > And what did the letters stand for?
>     silverlake...it is a lake near Rochester, MN
When *EVERYBODY outside IBM showed up at 1987 Spring COMMON in Reno, saying 
the words "Silver Lake", IBM freaked.

There was even a discussion of creating a System/38 mascot, and naming it 
"Golden Pond".

So IBM security freaked, and the project was re-codenamed "Olympic".

At the last System/38 COMMON (Hollywood Florida), I presented a series of 
code with examples.  Included in that set was one "joke" command (no code, 
just something ridiculous), and it was the "last command that IBM ever 
wrote for the System/38 - the 'DeValue Asset'".  One of the parameters for 
that command was the BODYOFWATER parameter, which determined if your 
replacement system for the System/38 was ever code-named after a body of 
water.  There were three possible values for that parameter, *YES (the 
default), *NO and *OLYMPICSWIMINGPOOL "cause that's a body of water too".

At one point during the life of the AS/400, there was talk of replacing the 
AS/400 with a new product (which never happened - although it could be 
argued that RISC is a new product, but RISC was never code named).  The 
product was proposed to be "Superior".


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