"Farm" slang terms

Tom Gardner t.gardner at computer.org
Mon Oct 19 13:38:18 CDT 2015

Definitely recall "disk farm" being used at Pan American Airways data center
in the early 1970s, perhaps earlier to describe other large IBM/Memorex
customers.  The term appears in print in a 1983 Datamation and a 1989 Compaq
product brochure


-----Original Message-----
From: Chuck Guzis [mailto:cclist at sydex.com] 
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2015 1:09 PM
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Subject: Re: "Farm" slang terms

On 10/18/2015 12:46 PM, Fred Cisin wrote:

> Later, it began to be used for moderately open land, with collections 
> of other stuff, such as a group of windmills became a "wind farm"
> (Altamont pass).

I recall a room full of a hundred or more disk drives being referred to as a
disk farm--but I don't think the usage was standard.


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