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By December 31, 2019Newsletters

It’s the mid-’90s, and this pilot fish is the sole IT employee for a barebones operation. It’s a small agricultural nonprofit, and his job includes networking, user support, IT purchasing and application development — the kind of job where you learn a ton but work your butt off.

There’s a remote rural location, and fish manages an upgrade of sorts of its hand-me-down hardware: two refurbished desktops, one for a small quality lab and another for the receptionist/bookkeeper, and a server running Netware 3.12 that’s no longer needed in the main office. Fish tells the remote users to be sure to store all the accounting files, documents and quality records on the server and not their workstations. He also installs an external tape backup unit on the laboratory computer so it can do double duty at night as the server backup workstation. And there’s an ancient 80286 laptop sitting in a spare room running a dialup email gateway to the organization’s ISP.

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