IBM does not leave anything to circumstance. If you buy a printer
IBM, the accompanying handbook will tell you that before you can use
printer, you will have to connect it to an electricity outlet, and turn
the printer on. Then comes a little sidebar explaining that "¦"
is the international symbol for "ON" and "O" is the international
for "off", followed by a little drawing of a disembodied hand, index
erect, showing the location of the on/off switch.
IBM also gives us directions for use of their manuals. For instance, the printer manual tells you that if you have a problem with the printer, you should do the following:
Thereafter, you carefully disconnect the printer cable (the IBM Printer Connectivity Device Option for the Personal Computer and PS/2 Line). Then you boot the machine up with a DOS diskette, replace the two hidden startup files and COMMAND.COM, and reboot again. Remember to take out the diskette and reconnect the printer cable.
There are people who say that there is another kind of BASIC than Cassette Basic, and when I dug through the inventory I discovered 83 manuals in a suspicious green colour (maybe because they have been stored too long in plastic) for something called BASICA. Unfortunately there are no instruction on how to get the manuals out of their plastic cover, so further exploration will have to be deferred for now.
Readers with a sense for corporate ethnography should now understand how to identify an IBM monitor: Look at the screen after you have unpacked it. Almost smack in the middle of the screen (about where you would have cell number C7 in Lotus 123) is a sticker, on which, with large letters, are written:
Made in Taiwan R.O.C.Underneath is written, in smaller letters:
"After installation, please remove this label"