How times have changed.
Back when I first started working in IT, very few people at work had computers. I was plonked in front of a monitor and keyboard that worked off the mainframe. Very dull.
Then a few PCs started to appear, usually in managers’ offices – the very people who were least likely to adapt. How the fuck could they run a computer when they couldn’t run a department?
Some bright spark then connected the company network to a phone line – the Interweb had arrived!
No one had a clue about this newfangled Interweb thingy so demand was light. This was just as well, as the PCs were all running Windows 3.1 which, like everyone else, didn’t know the Interweb existed. To connect, each PC had to have a piece of software [an IP stack, for you geeks] and a browser installed. Also each machine had to have its memory upgraded [to 16Mb if I remember correctly]. For some strange reason, this became my job.
So there I was, running around the place with my stash of floppy disks and memory chips, not only having to upgrade all the machines but give fucking training as well. This was actually quite good craic as all the men wanted was access to porn, which of course I gave them in spades. Productivity in those offices dropped dramatically.
The phone line to the outside world of course had to be upgraded. When the company switched up to a 256Kb Interweb connection there was much rejoicing.
Windows 95 made an appearance, but not in the company. Their attitude was that 3.1 worked so why run the risk of changing, particularly as it would mean training everyone in the new setup. A few of us in IT got pissed off with this and upgraded ourselves to NT. There was even reputed to be a PC somewhere in Engineering running Linux but we ignored that. Some things are too geeky even for a geek.
By this time I had discovered The Bastard Operator from Hell and was busily training my IT colleagues in BOFH techniques.
I eventually left the organisation in search of something better – early retirement!
I wonder if they ever upgraded their Windows?
They have probably upgraded to Windows XP by now.