About the Author Sharky

Executive decision

Flashback to the 1980s, when this remote newspaper office has a problem with a computer terminal that seems undiagnosable, according to a pilot fish in the know.”Most mornings, this terminal has lost connectivity to the mainframe, while all the othe…

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Timing is everything

It’s early in this pilot fish’s career, when he’s working as a mainframe systems programmer in the U.S. Air Force.”We had a circle of computer terminals in the secured computer room that were used for classified processing,” says fish.”Occasionally …

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Pilot fish is the lead Unix admin for a big insurance company where one business unit’s servers have the names of cartoon characters.”The production servers were named after characters from the TV show The Simpsons: Homer, Marge, Lisa, Snowball, Apu…

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ImPerfect solution

This family-owned computer service bureau survives the transition to PCs and Windows by taking on more individual clients, reports a pilot fish who worked there.”We had a number of clients using WordPerfect for DOS to prepare court transcripts,” fis…

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