At an IBM lab in Kingston, New York - in a /huge/ space where I
was told every System 360 ever produced had been wheeled in for
final product test. I'm not sure for what the area was used
before that, or how it's being used now.
I did ask about the construction; and remember that after all the
blocks were in place, the floor was sanded flat before treatment.
There were a lot of 360's produced; and that means a /lot/ of
casters. I was amazed that the floor still looked new in the days
of the System 370. I'd guess that the maintenance crew took a lot
of pride in their work.
There probably wasn't much high-heeled traffic in that area.
Doesn't bother me a bit. I did my geeking honestly and well; and
I've been told that my work has contributed significantly to the
profitability of several Fortune 500 corporations, saved millions
of dollars for the space program, helped save thousands of lives
that might otherwise have been lost, and contributed to making
Only my ex has ever managed to make me feel ashamed of any of
that - and I've (mostly) gotten over it.
I just don't have it in me to be embarrassed about having worn
Hush Puppies in the lab.
I've seen similar end block floors in factories where a whole lot more hits the
floor than a computer's fairly easy rolling wheels. Look up and see transport
systems hauling plate metal parts. See others down on the floor welding away.
See others...well, you get the idea. The floors I've seen may have been coated
with linseed oil, but they were set into a mastic base, and, in at least one
case, the floor was well over 30 years old (I wish I could recall exactly where
the place was: not too far from Kingston, because I lived in Westbrookville at
the time. I was working on an article for Pop. Science on a particular type of
wood stove, and the guy welded one up on the factory floor--it was not a stove
factory, though; he worked there doing something else and was allowed the run
of the welding gear for his own projects. Long time ago, about '75 or so).
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." Sir Winston
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