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Data General’s promising joint venture on computer communications systems with Nippon Telegraph & Telephone had the unlikely code- name of Asparagus – why asparagus? Because, explains Newsbytes, the vegetable takes two years after planting to produce edible shoots, but once established, it produces indefinitely, and, as Cole Porter so memorably noted, out of season, it’s worth a ransom (unlike you).

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