Flashback to 1984, when this sysadmin pilot fish is working for a high-tech startup. Yes, Virginia, they did have high-tech startups back then -- but things were a little different.
For example: "To preserve venture capital, the printing consoles on our VAXen doubled as 17-in. line printers," fish reports.
"One weekend, when I was in spinning backup tapes, our finance guy popped into the computer room with a request. He just wanted a couple of blank sheets of 17-in. greenbar paper to do some hand calculations on.
"The box of paper under the console was full, so he couldn't get to the bottom of the stack. He didn't want to tear off a couple of sheets from beneath it and then have to figure out how to re-thread the paper into the printer. There were no other boxes of paper in the computer room. Could I help him?
"How many sheets do you want? I asked. Three, he said.
"I pressed the form-feed button three times, tore the paper off at the perforation, and handed it to him.
"He hadn't thought of that."
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