They're following the Toyota manufacturing model aren't they?
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72 here and still getting excitement working at the coal face. A background in RF and broadcast fills some of the gaps in knowledge my colleagues have. I didn't apply for this job, I just slid into a vacuum that was created by new technologies.
Working keeps me physically and mentally healthy. My peers who retired earlier have aged must faster than me.
Will I retire? Maybe in 3 years or as long as I'm useful.
We bought a lot of identical spec workstations from a medium size manufacturer (yes they existed in those days). As soon as they went into service the HDDs started failing. The drives were all the same IBM model.
Upon contacting the manufacturer they would only advance replacements as and when they failed - we were losing 2 a week at that stage. Almost all did fail eventually but by then we'd bitten the bullet and bought some drives ourselves.
I can't remember the manufacturers name but I do remember smiling to myself when they went bust.
So my credit card is Mastercard and my bank debit card is just about to switch from Visa to Mastercard.
Previously if the Mastercard didn't work for a transaction I would use my Visa card. What would I do now:
Walk away from the petrol station?
Wash up in the restaurant?
Leave my wife as collateral?
Maybe it's time to start carrying a wad of cash again - if anyone will accept it now;)
I used non-apple parts to repair my family's iPhones* but the quality was often sub-standard.
Now we just take them to the Apples Store and get them to do it. It's a bit more expensive but far less hassle.
Would I bother again, even with genuine parts? No.
* With 12 iPhones in the family there was nearly always one needing attention!
Back in the "golden days" where people sorted applications we had to wait a whole year before a rejected applicant (luckily) tried again. He had previously missed one keyword in his application that was interchangeable with another word that he did use. His talents were as scarce as hen's teeth.