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Re: [midatlanticretro] OT: IT support - VAX Magic - A True Story

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  • Stan Brewer
    Perhaps someone in MARCH should collect the Horror stories? Stan
    Message 1 of 6 , Aug 25, 2008
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      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
      > Stan Brewer wrote:
      >> Anybody here go to DECUS and attend the "VAX Magic" sessions? : )
      >> Stan
      >> 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

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