Maximus Ultimus Mostimus
When was this? Hubbard had access to the INCOMM system?
Those little plastic cards were really neat. Every separate INCOMM program like MERCURY (internal email), the word processor, the stats program, and many more, had one. The number keypad to the right of a regular keyboard had all the keys removed, leaving the little cylindrical pegs sticking up. The plastic card dropped over the top and repurposed some of the keys to perform macro operations, specific to that program. So in the email program simply hitting once the peg where the "3" key normally is might acknowledge a message and say "OK and thank you", sign it with your name/post, send the message, and delete it from your in-box. In the word processing program hitting that key might save your document and exit the program.
It was actually very useful. I've seen similar plastic overlays (in non-Scn life) to repurpose the function keys but not in wide use.
Pat Buglewicz told me that. Also, another guy I don't remember his name. A German guy I think. That would have been late '83 or early '84. Yep, Hubbard had access. I thought that was known? Hell, it was (just my opinion) all for him. Foster Thompkin's was getting "Advices" from Hubbard on how to set it up. I didn't know at the time that Hubbard supposedly was not connected with the management of his cult, legally and all that. lol.
We actually removed the plastic keys from the keyboard. It was basically grunt labor sitting there taking apart the keyboard and doing whatever we did, gluing this and that, etc. and them putting it back together. (I don't remember the exact operation) There were several of us youngsta's fresh off the EPF doing that.
Pete(?) Paul(?) Griffiths was a hella smart guy. The epitome of head-in-the-clouds computer nerd. I didn't even know he was berthed in our room on the 4th floor for about three weeks, I swear it's true. One day he walks in says, "hi" lays down on a bunk. lol. He spent a lot of time in his office. He showed me a search engine program in fall of '83(?) It was designed to search Hubbs written stuff. The first search engine I had ever seen. You type in a word and it searches all of Hubbard's shit for issues with that word. This was way before the Yahoo guys. He should have took that and started his own company instead of wasting it on Hubbard.