I used to teach users of a major accounting package how it worked. I ended up teaching a lot of accounting due to the fact that many had learned on the job and didn’t really understand how to use anything other than their own system. At one place I thought it would be a breeze due to the older lady having an accounting degree, but instead there was nothing but problems. Always garbled data, and even garbled backups.
This was in the 8” diskette era, so one day I’m there trying to monitor the system and she says, “reach around the side of that filing cabinet and hand me the receivables disk if you would”. So, I looked around the cabinet, didn’t see a shelf or box in the floor, and figured “oh, on top”.
NO, there it was beside the other data disks. Held to the steel filing cabinet with a large magnet
>> “NO, there it was beside the other data disks. Held to the steel filing cabinet with a large magnet” <<
Back around ‘80 or ‘81 I did some work for another engineer who had laid off his entire staff due to the Carter depression. The firat day I was there I was looking for the main COGO disk for the 2000 lot subdivision that I was there to finish, but to no avail, so I asked where it was.
This entailed a massive search through the office that took up a few hours. It finally showed up sitting on top of the CPU case at one of the work stations, sitting in a puddle of dried Coke, with a can tipped over on top of it. $8000 more or less worth of work posing as a drink coaster.