But you can bet the CEO sure was, um, impressed

It's decades ago, in the days when this pilot fish is working in a bank's computer room, and the disk drive units there are the size of washing machines.

"The operators could remove the disk packs and replace them with other volumes as jobs processed," says fish. "This could be done from the front panel of the unit or by an operating system command.

"At the time, you could purchase or lease units with one or two packs and software-controlled opening and closing that let the running jobs control the opening. That way, by the time the operator came with a replacement pack, the unit would be ready.

"One of our systems people heard that there was to be a grand parade by some of the C-suites through the computer room, so he thought that having the units 'salute' them would be a great finish to the tour.

"Regretfully, the physical mounting of the units was not up to the task of staying upright when 32 drawers -- 16 units' worth -- opened at the same time.

"It took a couple days for the technicians to reposition the units and re-certify all 32 drawers' worth."

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