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When those returning from Comdex in sunny Las Vegas complaining bitterly about the weather, they must be believed: they don’t believe in road drainage in Trailertown, so when half of the annual average rainfall of four inches fell during Comdex ’87, the roads turned into rivers and the normally blue skies lowered impenetrable grey: this at least saved IBM’s marketing department a bit of money – and when the sun finally came out on the show’s third day, IBM had five jets circling the city to write out in precision IBM script thanks a million, its PS/2 slogan of the moment. Meanwhile an erstwhile competitor only had the budget for one jet, which scrawled out in a huge childlike hand the word super before the pilot got either too dizzy to carry on or just ran out of smoke!

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