Post by Malcolm Hoar
Our employers wouldn't provide the lowly engineers with
any file cabinets. But we could and did buy small quantities
of chips. The WOM data sheet inspired two of us to fill out
purchase requistions for a "4-drawer RAM".
Sadly our little ruse failed but not before we'd had a
good deal of fun.
I had the same problem with test equipment. At the time HP and Tek
were delivering color glossy brochures for some of the equipment. I
built a cardboard box that was the same size as the desired equipment,
and plastered it with either a cut-out from the brochures, or an
enlargement from the catalogs. I added a real power cord, some BNC
connectors, and whatever else might make it look more realistic.
The chief engineer pretended not to notice on the assumption that I
would eventually give up. However, the visitors, members of the
board, and customers that toured the lab all asked "what's that"? If
asked, I had many possible answers, all of which assumed that the
desired test equipment would eventually arrive. Batting average was
I did the same thing when computahs finally arrived. Computers were
the hot new thing and computer furniture were considered somewhat of a
status symbol. The furniture stores could not afford real computers
for the displays, so they had cardboard models. I talked a Los Gatos
furniture dealer out of a few cardboard computers, and repeated the
same exercise. Eventually a Radio Shack Model 2 appeared, followed by
an Apple III. The cardboard computers worked better.
Many years later, I worked for a company that reorganized every 3
months. "If my boss calls, get his name" was a real problem. I named
the group the "portable radio division". The radios weren't portable.
The people and furniture were. At one point, I put in a requisition
for a large supply of furniture casters, to make the quarterly
reorganizations easier. They almost approved the purchase. Also,
thanks to the usual moving target specifications, my groups motto was
"the quality goes in before the specs get figured out".
Jeff Liebermann ***@comix.santa-cruz.ca.us
150 Felker St #D http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
Santa Cruz CA 95060 AE6KS 831-336-2558