Wang Laboratories

<body> Computer manufacturer, known for their office automation products and the Wang PC.

Quarterly sales $208M, profits $3M (Aug 1994).

Last updated: 2008-05-28

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wango

/wang'goh/ Random bit-level grovelling going on in a system during some unspecified operation. Often used in combination with mumble. For example: "You start with the ".o" file, run it through this postprocessor that does mumble-wango - and it comes out a snazzy object-oriented executable."

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Wang PC

<computer> Personal computers made by Wang Laboratories. Wang's PCs had an operating system (based on MS-DOS) which was not compatible with the IBM PC. The Wang floppy disk format was compatible with the IBM PC. However, running an IBM "exe" program would generally crash a Wang PC unless a special Industry-Standard emulator program was running on the Wang. This program required the addition of a special card to the Wang PC. It enabled the Wang PC to run most, but not all, software written for the IBM PC. Most Wang software made use of two special keys: CANCEL and EXECUTE. These keys were used to carry out commands, make menu selections, and so on. The Wang OS was menu-driven.

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