Sharky

About the Author Sharky


Indexo patronum!

It’s a few decades back when this college student pilot fish lands a part-time IT job at a research hospital, where part of his job is helping out doctors who have — surprise! — research projects.”One doctor had received a grant and developed a st…

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Honor, redefined

Flashback to 1981, when this pilot fish and everyone else in his university computer science program is learning Cobol, and they submit their decks of punched cards on the honor system.”We were very careful with the computer time in those days,” say…

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Blindsided

Sales rep for a big software company arrives at this government agency to make his pitch for a child-support collections system — but he’s taken aback when an agency director walks in late and puts a tape recorder on the table, reports an IT pilot …

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Size matters

It’s time to upgrade the older computers at this mid-tier law firm, and after much discussion and research, an IT pilot fish’s team has decided to go with what used to be called a bookshelf PC.”I was very happy with the choice,” says fish. “The new …

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Parlez-vous workflow?

IT consultant pilot fish is working for a multinational chemical company, and that translates into some of his internal customers being in Paris — an ocean away.”In order to extend our shared workday, since there was a lot of back-and-forth with re…

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Details, details…

This pilot fish’s first-ever programming job in the 1980s is for a wholesaler that sells athletic socks on consignment — the kind with licensed logos on them.”Each retailer was contractually obligated to maintain a certain stock level,” says fish. …

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Ready, fire, aim!

It’s a couple decades ago, and this insurance company is still running on a very old mainframe and a collection of homegrown Cobol accounting systems, according to an IT pilot fish on the scene.”But the VP of IT had ambitions of modernizing,” fish s…

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Our kind of guy

It’s the 1980s, and for half a year this IT pilot fish and his team have been working on a major project: upgrading the mainframe.”Six months have been spent checking the requirements and specifications,” fish says. “The decision was made to go with…

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