A slow death
Than me later
107 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010
I worked at Big Airways in the 1980s when the IT department led the way with advanced GUIs for Inventory Control, pioneered ticketless travel for Shuttle passengers and other innovations.
When you lose control, outsource your core PSS (Passenger Service System), treat programming like building an Ikea wardrobe and the competition is beating you on pure ticket price, then you get an endgame like this.
The z/TPF mainframe stayed up - it was unaffected.
All the decentralised systems (Flight Info displays, kiosks, online check-in etc.) failed.
Source: TPFers Group on Facebook.
Not scoring points and would never gloat over the failings/disasters of others - all too aware that the next operational failure could be in my own back garden.
Amdahl was a legend from the days when IT was run by people who actually knew how to program a computer instead of Excel merchants, Accountants, "Project Managers" with zero technical knowledge and a plethora of subcontinent workers. I have no problem with the latter driving down my Terms and Conditions. That's life. But I do have a problem dealing with the amount of blatantly fake CVs I see.
Was it better then?
On balance, yes it was.
We got more stuff done, we had less meetings. We learnt everyday.
And we didn't have to waste time filling in time sheets or producing cost-benefit analyses to do the bleeding obvious.
Maybe I am.
RIP Gene. They don't make them like you these days...
I learnt something new:
"People doing the same work in UK, Holland etc, quite often with having less knowledge, earn 3-4 times more than we do"
I think you earn a lot more than someone "with having less knowledge" (sic) in other parts of the world e.g. the Indian sub-continent.
Don't gloat about your piitance of a salary.
"In the good old days" when you programmed for the company you worked for, isof for an outsourced multi-national, I felt a connection with the company and enjoyed the work.
Now - after been outsourced, bankrupted, bought, sold and bought again, I feel like a pawn in a beancounters' chess game.
The technical side is still fun, but those accountants and their multiple time-reporting systems have made the overall job like swimming in treacle.
"The RBS spokesman stated that "the software error occurred on a UK-based piece of software" but declined to give details on where the staff overseeing the software were based."
"UK-based piece of software"
I obviously don't work in marketing because only a Spin Doctor could come up with nonsense like that.
Works for me everytime.
What? That's not how a mainframe works?
I am an old mainframer and I'm caught between thinking "there for the grace of God go I" and "you got what you deserve you bunch of non-technical beancounters for outsourcing something you had no clue about".
I use Firefox with Adblocker Version x.
I don't see any adverts at all on Facebook.
So how can Facebook get any revenue from me clicking an Advert when it doesn't exist?
Sure they know my name and Date of Birth, but they won't get me to click on their Adverts because I can't.
Whilst moving house recently, I gave away 00s of books.
I felt sad, but I liken it to ditching my father's old 78rpm records and LPs.
Times are changing and our children won't be reading as much paper as we did.
They will be reading their news on tablets and their favourite books on e-readers.
Now pass me my Horlicks and slippers, I'm going for an afternoon sleep, I'm that old.
"You can't fit a quart into a pint pot".
And that's Heathrow Airport - a pint pot.
We don't run our systems at 99% capacity - because there is no contingency.
You need to run an airport with space for contingency.
All it takes is an aircraft blowing a tyre at LHR and the resultant chaos lasts all day.
This claim is hyperbole.
"She also praised the Passenger Name Record (PNR) data program as having helped to prevent thousands of “individuals with potential ties to terrorism” from entering the US."
What does happen daily is that passengers who've forgotten to renew their Green Cards get refused boarding for a flight to the USA. Typical profile: 50+ years of age, lived in USA for years, and "just forgot". In the old days, we would call the Embassy and ask for an exemption. Nowadays, we just offload them.
These are not "individuals with potential ties to terrorism", but I suspect they are being included in the numbers...the days we do find someone suspicious are few and far between. And normally that's just someone with the same name/birthdate as a listed name.
I'm biased, but NO OTHER INDUSTRY reports its incidents so openly as the Aviation Industry.
Google for AAIB and see all the UK incidents
If this had been a boat or a bus, you'd never have heard of it.
And if it had been a medical incident, well, the Doctor would have "buried it". Literally...
Well done to the crew for handling it well.
@David Hicks I don't know you, but we've had the same conversation with Indian colleagues:
"The top flight people, they all go to the US for the money. The rest of the good people come to Europe for a little less money. What's left is, well, what's left."
I've been lucky, even I would say privileged to work with some excellent Indian programmers.
The caveat: NONE of them still live in India.
We're talking Singapore and Switzerland if you are interested...
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