Microchannel Addictive Disorder or Micro Channel Addictive
Disorder (often abbreviated as MAD) is a common reaction to the
discovery of a well designed series of computers, adapters, and matching
peripherals based on IBM's Micro Channel
Architecture, or MCA. Newcomers to MCA are filled with an urge to collect
all known forms of MCA, sometimes including oddities such as the 5494, 5250
connection, and 3270 adapters. While relatively benign, instances of massive
collection have been reported.
Cure: While MAD can never be fully
removed, the urges to buy ever more quantities of MCA parts can be greatly
reduced through the daily use of MCA equipment. Over a period of months, the
unspeakable desire will be reduced to a manageable level.
Research is on-going here at the Ardent Tool MAD Center in order to
determine the long term effects of low levels of MAD upon the brain. No
discernible results have been shown, but if you believe in "Global Warming"
(hasn't been proven yet, nor will it), you'd better send all your MCA stuff to
me, just in case. Remember, it's "for the children".
Disclaimer: The use of an image of an actor from
the TV show "Marcus Welby, MD" does not mean in any way that MAD is recognized
by the AMA or other medical bodies. Oh, and you shouldn't take anything on this
page too seriously...