Pretty sure that's not how it worked

It's just before Y2k, and this pilot fish decides to make a major life change -- complete with a relocation and a new career.

"While I had worked in IT and been interested in computers for 15 years by then, I had no educational background in IT," says fish. "So I enrolled in a good college to get myself a degree.

"I was required to start with a couple of very rudimentary courses. One of them required the students to submit a term paper on some IT subject or other which we would read aloud to the class as well.

"One young man wrote his paper on the subject of the early UNIVAC computer. Unfortunately, even then he had grown up not knowing what a vacuum tube was.

"So he described it as having '5,200 vacuum hoses'..."

Sharky was going to make a wisecrack about valves, but we're all probably better off without hearing that. What will really improve your life is sending me your true tale of IT life at sharky@computerworld.com -- mainly because you'll get a stylish Shark shirt if I use it. Add your comments below, and read some great old tales in the Sharkives.

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