I think I get what you're saying. I was going to say something
similar, but I would phrase it differently. If I understand you
correctly, you are saying that there is a sizable population that at
least knows what an "AS/400" is. This is far greater than the
population that can even recognize any other names for the IBM
I would wholeheartedly agree with that. It has been my experience as
well. I would also challenge the notion that "AS/400" only produces
"negative inferences". The table of responses I've personally
encountered is something like
AS/400: Oh, it's a kind of stodgy but extremely reliable machine.
IBM i: WTF is that?
IBM midrange: <blank stare>
However! What you CAN do where I work is show people a Web site that
is running on "the Four Hundred" (even though ours happens to be a
POWER7). They like that. They think it's cool.
I understand the desire to eradicate "AS/400". I truly do. I
sympathize, and I even do try to do my part. I use "IBM i" with folks
who either already recognize it, or who do not have the term "AS/400"
firmly entrenched. But for some audiences, it's easier to make them
think positively of "AS/400" than to teach them "IBM i".
And honestly, there are also some folks who will never shake their
negative connotations of "AS/400"; and if you teach them "IBM i", all
that you will do is create a person who has negative connotations of
"IBM i". Lipstick on a pig and all that.
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