And that's why they invented maintenance contracts

Flashback to the days of giant mainframes, big tape drives and teletypes -- and some less-than-completely reliable connections, according to a pilot fish on the scene.

"One day an error started spitting out, over and over, on the teletypewriter console: Memory Command Error," fish says.

"We flipped through the manuals to find the error. It turned out that the error sometimes occurred when there was a loose wire in the computer.

"This was a room-sized computer with literally millions of wires. The idea of looking for one loose wire in that big machine was ridiculous.

"It took us four days to find it.

"Ah, the good old days!"

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