Re: [midatlanticretro] OT: IT support - VAX Magic - A True Story
Perhaps someone in MARCH should collect the Horror stories?
Ray Sills wrote:
Great story! I think it was Mark Twain who said that truth is
stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense.
73 de Ray
On Aug 25, 2008, at 8:49 PM, Stan Brewer wrote:
> The "VAX Magic" sessions were a time to unwind and tell horror
> stories. Great fun.
> This got me thinking about one of the must absurd things I ever ran
> across as a systems manager.
> I was working as a Systems Manager for what was a fortune 500
> manufacturer. They lost their 500 status and this story may give a
> hint as to why.
> A young lady in the accounting department, who had her degree in
> IS, would one morning each week run a report for the Division
> Accounting department. She ran a report from a report generator
> that ran against a DBMS Database. The report would run for about
> an hour and then she would manually tell it to print to a laser
> printer. She would get dozens of pages of the report, then punch a
> column of numbers from it into a Lotus 123 spread sheet. Once in
> the sheet, she would total up the numbers in column using an adding
> machine, then enter the adding machine total at the bottom of the
> spread sheet. When told that Lotus 123 could total the column for
> her, she said, "But I want to make sure the total is right!". She
> then printed the spread sheet to a laser printer, walked the
> printed sheets to the fax machine and faxed them to the Division
> Accounting department, who was on the same network as us, and also
> ran VAX's.
> After I explained how I could take the 4 hour job and make it
> automatic so that she would not have to spend any of her time on
> it, she became hostile. So I went to her boss, the Plant
> Controller and said, "I can change the report to include just the
> items she wants, total them and have it print on the laser printer
> in the Division Accounting office, and do it all in batch
> automatically each week." "This would save 4 hours of work each
> week, and eliminate possible keying errors." The controller told
> me to just let the accounting clerk do as she had been doing.
> About a year later, they were both gone. I changed the report
> and that task become history.
> True stories are sometimes
> the scariest,
> Stan Brewer wrote:
>> Anybody here go to DECUS and attend the "VAX Magic" sessions? : )
>> B. Degnan wrote:
>>> this is painful, this is my life sometimes
>>> At 09:29 PM 8/11/2008 -0400, you wrote:
>>>> This is VERY funny ... and certainly rings true for most of us!
>>>> http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=BcQ7RkyBoBc