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Discussion in 'The Lighter Side of Being a DBA' started by Luis Martin, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. Luis Martin Moderator

    I was working for Sperry Univac in 1978.<br /><br />The University of one big State in Argentina need to by a computer. <br />To do that calls several companies to make a benchmark.<br />When we receive the requirements for that benchmark (3 month before) we think: well no one will sleep more than 4 hours a day from here to the final day.<br /><br />The task force was 10 people.<br /><br />One of my duties was to write a program to inverse a complex matrix in double precision in FORTRAN.<br /><br />That means: write the program, compile the program (1-2 hours), link with libraries (2 hours), execute program and back to the beginning when I made some mistake.<br />Sound easy, but you have to manually change tapes and disks frequently.<br /><br />I use to work after hours, because others have to use computer too.<br /><br />The companies who qualify for the final benchmark were 2. <br />Sperry and H.A.L plus 1.<br /><br />Tree month later all was done. We have to fly to USA to run the benchmark (because the computer configuration) pay the travel and all expenses for 5 people from the University for a week. <br /><br />We won in all single items in that benchmark. <br /><br />Meantime, the president of H.A.L. was playing golf with the Government of that State.<br /><br />Guess who sold the computer[<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-6.gif' alt=':(' />].<br /><br /><br />Luis Martin<br />Moderator<br />SQL-Server-Performance.com<br /><br /><font size="1">Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.<br />Leonardo Da Vinci<br /></font id="size1"><br /><font size="1"> Nunca esperes el reconocimiento de tus hijos, eso ocurrirá luego de tu muerte<br /></font id="size1"><br /><br /><font size="1">All postings are provided “AS IS” with no warranties for accuracy.</font id="size1"><br /><br /><br /><br />
  2. FrankKalis Moderator

    Luis, that's how business is done. [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-6.gif' alt=':(' />]<br /><br />--<br />Frank Kalis<br />Microsoft SQL Server MVP<br /<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de>http://www.insidesql.de</a><br />Heute schon gebloggt?<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de/blogs>http://www.insidesql.de/blogs</a><br />
  3. mmarovic Active Member

    10 years later I started working for Unisys. They won a few tenders the same way they lost one you mentioned. The problem is engineers were never rewarded for their hard work and frustration.

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