but, but ... it fried my brain
1535 posts • joined 28 Sep 2011
The idea of using a ciggy with the fuse was so that you had a longer escape time before the cigarette burn down and lit the fuse. Cigarettes used to be made so that they would burn completely down either to the end of the cigarette or up to the filter end they didn't go out like the new ones do are supposed to. I believe the change was mostly made to prevent fires with people dropping cigarettes down the back of couches etc. I have it on good word that it works perfectly and setting off a firecracker next door to a crappy neighbor having given the miscreant airport time to get indoors and not be seen.
having worked at a place years ago that forked the employees over to I've Been Mislead, stealing employees pensions, and then having IBM dump a whole lot of those folks prior to the contract ending.... and then watching the same thing happen years later (again - some folks are slow learners) and watching as big blue proceeded to dump more and more of the experienced (yes, older) workers and try to force many more into relocation (at your own expense)...
Ah, fuck 'em.
Having been employed by and worked for over 40 years for a major telco which infamously pushed tele-work to the general public but NOT to its own employees...
all i can say is Bastwards.
when i did work from home, i used my own computer as i refused to take their lappie home with me because I would be liable if anything happened to it whilst off the company premises.
glad i am not there any more.
When i was that supervisor in the computer room (many moons ago), the company "changed the standards" by which they allowed potential candidates into various programming jobs and a friend and i were required to do a new test in a "pseudo assembler" language. We both passed, but it pissed us off enough that we made a sample test for the computer attendants to use and so many of them passed that the wanker brigade dropped the test entirely.
Place i worked had a whole herd of them connected to a bunch of Unisys 494s (run in 490 mode). Also had some 1782s and (IIRC) VIIIC uniservos (tape drives). Eventually replaced with 1100 series and the "disk packs" of the day. More fun.
Prior to that i worked a place that had IBM 360/55 with 8 disk drives. We used to keep a card hanging on the front of the control unit to tell us which pack was in which slot. That worked until one guy failed to notice that the card had dropped into the drive and it crashed. And he moved it. An moved other packs. Disaster. Manglement would not allow us to purchase packs from anyone but IBM and it took quite a while to get the drives repaired and new packs ordered. UGH.
Think we had an IBM 3525 there (again, IIRC) - combination card reader and punch.
I was on the phone with an un-named company and they asked if i would do a survey at the end...and here's the good part.
They specifically asked that i NOT give them 10 as their system registered that as a zero and they got gigged for it.
Don't know...service was ok so i gave them 9's.
I worked a shop with 2 360/65s, a 360/30. a 7080. and eventually a 360/40 on which HASP was initially installed (my understanding being that this certain large corp had one of the first instances after Houston). I started to learn PL/1 on that as well as get a good grasp on JCL (well, as much as was possible), and later learned COBOL on a different site's 360/50 which was upgraded to a 370/155 (?). Memories; faded at best.
A prior employer in a land far, far away (not nearly far enough).
Had an old desktop with PST files and kept my own backups. Company decided that OSTs were the way to go and i told and arseholes to NOT copy my backups when they created the OST file. They did; doubling the entries, doubling the problems, doubling their calls to resolve the shite not working right. I eventually manually deleted some of the doubled up files, but gave up wasting my time on it and just let them resolve the issues. Since the last computer was supposed to be backed up in their central suppository, i applied for space allocation and was told "none available right now" and they never did. I always kept my own backup of anything important i needed.
stories from 20 years ago - mostly bad memories.
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