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But you could have done that with the old electronic cards. Your other message about telphone switches makes me wonder whether the problem was more mundane - maybe the old electronic system involved thousands of lines of undocumented code in some obscure dialect of PL/I or COBOL, which you didn't get close to unless it was absolutely neccessary. So the data was there in the old system, but unusable.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 17th, 2010 at 11:39:05 AM EST
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It wouldnt be that much of a problem if it was Written in COBOL, it's a very straightforward language. it has a very undeserved reputation for complexity.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Mar 17th, 2010 at 12:03:36 PM EST
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Yes, but they've probably pushed anybody who knows it into early retirement long ago...
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 17th, 2010 at 12:04:35 PM EST
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there is that(Says the qualified but vastly out of practice COBOL programmer)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Mar 17th, 2010 at 12:08:19 PM EST
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Plenty of practicing Cobol and Fortran experts in Russia though...

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Mar 17th, 2010 at 12:33:52 PM EST
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