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Flashback Friday: You’re dragging us down

This pilot fish works at an IT services outfit that’s trying to get a contract with a very large public transportation company. “They wanted to offload some schedule simulation programs to free up their mainframes for other work,” fish says. “But before they would sign the contract, they wanted us to run the software on…

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Flashback Friday: Just don’t say a word to the bank

This small vendor provides software to big banks, says a pilot fish who helps keep everything running. “Part of our job requires supporting the installation at the customer, who happens to be far, far away,” fish says. “In order to do this remotely, we need to VPN into the bank’s network so we can troubleshoot…

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Flashback Friday: What’s 24,000 pages in the bigger scheme of things?

It’s the 1980s, and this pilot fish works in an accounting department, where he responds to company order to find ways to lower costs by submitting a request to stop printing six useless inventory reports. “We always immediately tossed them into recycling, and it would save about 1,000 pages per month,” says fish. The response…

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Flashback Friday: NOW they get some edge?

It’s the 1990s, and this IT services outfit has a client that sees the writing on the wall for its aging minicomputer, reports a pilot fish on the scene. “They asked if the software-development side of our company could custom-write a slightly specialized inventory control program for them that would run on a cheap Intel-based…

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