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Comment: Brought a Tandem Non-stop to a halt.. (Score 1) 191 191

Back in the 80's I worked for a field service organisation, fixing and maintaining PDP11 and VAX systems, but also CDC-9766 removable disk systems. Big 14" removable disk packs like you see them in old scifi movies. One of my customers had a string of 10 or so attached to a five-node Tandem Non-stop system.

Each week they brought two out of ten off-line for me to work on. I cleaned the heads, then used a servo disk pack to realign those heads.
To do this, I needed to remove the control cable from the string, and plug in an excersizer. One day I forgot to pull the control cable. So instead of moving the heads of my offline drive to a specific track, I moved the heads of *ALL* disks in the string! Without the O/S knowing about it

Believe me, that will bring a Tandem Non-stop to a grinding halt. That was my last time on the floor for that customer, but I didn't lose my job. Cost? I don't know. Perhaps a weekend of data recovery for the operators?

Comment: Re:Well ... (Score 1) 203 203

I mean, one option is to make it like Europe where people in important positions must give 2-6 months notice, but since I don't think that's possible in the US, 2 weeks is not a lot of time and many companies will not have anyone able to be called up to do a live knowledge transfer.

Perhaps a bit naive, but if you really have a decent relationship with the company, is there any particular reason not to inform them earlier? I'm sure you plan to give notice long before those two weeks. So if you plan to retire/move/whatever two months from now, why not tell them right there and give them those two months to plan ahead as well? Or are you afraid they will turn around and fire you on the spot? In that case they didn't deserve your courtesy to start with.

"Well, it don't make the sun shine, but at least it don't deepen the shit." -- Straiter Empy, in _Riddley_Walker_ by Russell Hoban