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Richard fumbled with his key card, taking care not to accidentally spill his coffee as he entered the conference room. Normally, he was as much a morning person as the next guy, but for him, arriving to work for a 7AM meeting was best suited for the birds. Richard had some hoped that this meeting would at least involve some donuts, but he knew better. After all, they don't title happy project kickoff meetings "Damage Control". [expand full text]
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Re: The Process that Never Failed

2012-08-16 13:09 • by bad_management (unregistered)
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PiisAWheeL:

And I would like the namebrand of that hard drive that sat there quietly and did its job for 25 years, and then went on to be reimaged. They don't build em like that anymore.


If I were to guess, I would say that the AIX system was the one that lasted 25 years. The PC bucket under the desk was probably added within the past 5 years to interface with the AIX system. It's not unusual for legacy UNIX systems to last that long. I've been working for a company for 15 years now, and they have legacy UNIX systems (AIX, HP-UX, Solaris and IRIX) that were here before I was hired and they are still running today. No mission critical apps are on them anymore, but they still hum along happily everyday. I also have systems that old at home in my collection and they still boot fine today. That's the beauty of the UNIX systems made back then. They Just Worked(TM). But they also cost 10 times more than the cheapo PC bucket commodity hardware does. Part of that extra cost was overinflated prices that eventually killed UNIX, but the other part of that was the fact that the hardware was engineered well and was designed NOT to be disposable like current hardware is nowadays. Things change so fast now. The hardware and the software is disposable these days. You get an error, simply restage the instance or spin up a new VM. Nobody thinks twice. Very few know what it's like to have hardware and software that actually survives 25 years. And even if it did survive, you could never put it anywhere near the internet (and good luck interfacing it with a modern application).

Re: The Process that Never Failed

2012-08-16 13:24 • by Nato (unregistered)
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Anon:
'Jim had just recently passed away after 35 years of dedicated service'

That's the most depressing think I've ever read.

I was wondering if passing away "just recently" is more recent than "recently"?

Re: The Process that Never Failed

2012-08-16 17:17 • by Silverhill
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Clean Developer:
Story would have been better without the curse word; it was unnecessary.
If one occurrence of the word "sh*t" [redacted for the sake of the overly sensitive] can upset you that much, you'll be well advised to stay the f*ck [redacted for the sake of the overly sensitive] away from this site....

Foghorn Leghorn:
"That's a joke--I say, that's a joke, son!"

Re: The Process that Never Failed

2012-08-17 01:24 • by warwick (unregistered)
Well, I found scultpor in here.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a7/Universe_Reference_Map_%28Location%29_001.jpeg

Re: The Process that Never Failed

2012-08-17 17:18 • by JJ (unregistered)
387541 in reply to 387436
Clean Developer:
Story would have been better without the curse word; it was unnecessary.

"Foul mouthed? Fuck you." -- Eddie Murphy, Beverly Hills Cop

Re: The Process that Never Failed

2012-08-19 22:02 • by Daniel (unregistered)
You know, it's sad, but stuff like this just happen to exist more than they should. Our Human Resources application talks to a MUMPS legacy system (that holds lots of vital and updated data) in the exact same way. Well, not "exactly", as some of those MUMPS programs return actual HTML code directly to the browser...
Fortunatelly, we're aware of the system and it's role in the whole thing.
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