I particularly liked the way jive would transform Ronald Reagan
to Rolo Kingfish
to gentleman. Around the same time, I was also playing with the spew
program, which randomly generated sensational, tabloid
esque headlines like "Liz Taylor
Gives Birth to Bigfoot
The best thing about spew is that it could be pipe
d directly into jive, effectively eliminating the need to type anything.
A lazy co-worker used an alias
to shorten spew|jive into spive
, and a not-so-lazy co-worker created a TCP daemon
which would run spive for people who telnet
ted to a designated port
on the box. These were the days before the World Wide Web
, mind you, so watching people from all over the world punch into your machine for a dose of spive was still pretty cool.