hen my first class account (warm078@some-class-machine) was being closed (December 86), I needed somewhere to move my class files. I'd heard about this open-access machine, ucscb, and decided that would be a good place to store my files between classes. So I opened an account. I didn't know that it was customary to choose interesting login names, so I used my initials, jhdiii. I didn't really intend to do anything else at all with my b account - socializing was something I was not at all interested in at that time - but bit by bit I was sucked in. By mid-87 I had been sucked to the point that I wanted a more interesting login name, so I chose one that was meaningful to me, "spcman" (being even more into space stuff then than I am now). Logins were still restricted to 7 characters at this time.
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jhdiii (hey, some people don't use see_uid).
spcman Thu Oct 29 18:18:34 1987
BUT... certain friends (Karine/teddy and Tanya/tavia started it) immediately began refering to me as space *cadet* for reasons that should be obvious. That amused me enough that I decided to change my login to some contraction of it. I was going to use 'spccdt', but Karine and Tanya, who had undue influence upon me, insisted that that was just no good... not obvious enough what it meant.
Karine wanted me to use 'spaccdt' or 'spccadt' or some such, which I thought were icky. Finally settled on 'spcecdt' and made that change in Dec 87. But not everyone liked it...
had 7-character logins (XENIX 2.3.0), so I kept the same name. I eventually
upgraded all of the utmp-reading utilities to allow for 8-character logins,
but decided to keep spcecdt.
Other logins I've chosen:
pyro@gorn, back when gorn was a true-blue 8088 box (I think the login screen called it a "Piece-O-Shit PC") running XENIX 2.0.
armoror@b, when I asked someone to get me an account 'cuz I wasn't a student.
Oh, and this discussion has been ever popular...