For those trying to place the reference...it is in this poem and in an IBM manual describing the correct way to load cards into a card reader..."Face Down, 9 edge first."

The Last Bug - author unknown

"No program is perfect,"
they said with a shrug.
"The client is happy,
What's one little bug?"

But he was determined
as others went home,
to dig out the flowchart
and go it alone.

The night became morning,
the room became cluttered,
with memory dumps,
"I'm close now", he muttered.

Chain-smoking, cold coffee,
with logic, deduction,
"I've got it!" he cried,
"Just change this instruction!"

Then change two, then change more,
as day followed night.
There was a solution,
he would get it right!

It still wasn't perfect,
as year followed year,
and strangers would comment,
"Is that guy still here?"

He died at the console,
of hunger and thirst.
Next day he was buried,
Face down, Nine edge first.

His wife, through her tears,
accepted his fate.
"He's not really gone,
he's just working late."

And the last bug in sight,
an ant passing by,
saluted his tombstone,
and whispered, "Nice try."


-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Midrange Information
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 10:34 AM
To: 'Midrange Systems Technical Discussion'
Subject: RE: Decided to hang it up

Hey I like that one I will tell my wife that is my final request

-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of James Lampert
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 10:22 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Decided to hang it up

Chuck Lewis wrote:
Wow you have seen a lot of change in your career Dave. I wish you a long
and happy retirement and dream of the day my friend :-)

And when the time comes for that final upload, remember: have your body
buried "face down, 9-edge first."

--
JHHL

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