No, no -- that's what the cup holder is for!

It's 1998, and there are still plenty of old PCs in use at the newspaper company where this new-to-IT pilot fish works.

"Back then, humorous e-mails about clueless users and IT woes were still pretty new," says fish. "I read one such e-mail claiming a user had put a CD-ROM in floppy-disk drive. I discounted it as a silly claim. I couldn't believe you could actually do it.

"Hardly three weeks later, I come back to the shop after just helping a user at his desk. As I'm walking in, one of my co-workers says, 'Hey guess what you can put in a 5-1/4-inch drive?'

"I look at the computer he's working on and, sure enough, he's using pliers to try to extract a CD-ROM from a floppy drive."

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