When you inherited that problem, did you think you were supposed to fix it?
"As a sysadmin at this manufacturing plant, this pilot fish is aware of the problems that persistently plague a database that sits on a server that another admin is responsible for.
'About once a quarter, users would start complaining about how slow the database was,' says fish. 'The database sysadmin would be questioned extensively by management and given hell for the problems on his systems..."
A simple visit to the office goes very wrong
"It's 1979, and this pilot fish is a Fortran programmer at a company that rents space in a warehouse. Walk in the door, and you're in a large room filled with PDP-11 computers, surrounded by smaller rooms used as offices.
One day through that door walks a woman come to visit her programmer husband, along with their large dog - which immediately runs into one of the offices and hides under a desk, its front paws over its head.
No enticement will get the dog out of that office, or even out of its defensive posture..."