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Dec

Maybe this should go in comp.risks….

Quoted from Unix World, November, 1989:

The grim reality is that every life ends with a death. Funeral homes
exist to make that fact a little more tolerable. … UNIX can help
here, too. The Gordon Funeral Chapel, for instance, does much of its
accounting on an AT class, multiuser machine running XENIX. …

. .. For example, Gordon says his system has to be able to classify two
kinds of customer, at-need, those who are actually deceased, and
pre-need, those who have made arrangements for funerals while still
living. Moreover, the system has to be able to convert one kind of
customer to the other as the need arises…

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