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Your Most Humbling Tech Moment

This whole Ted Stevens kerfuffle (and the reminder of his InterTubes) has me thinking about my early days in the tech industry, when Comdex debuted and Beavis n Butthead snorted every time the words "floppy disk" were spoken.

I think we all have one (two?) embarrassing moments to recall from those heady days when we were the ubergeek among our friends. C'mon, fess up!

One of my classics:
I graduated from U of Maryland (fear the turtle!) in 1986, a time when - believe it or not - one could graduate with a Business degree without having taken a single IT class. I knew diddly, but that didn't stop me from landing a job selling computer systems to hotels and restaurants in Washington DC.

I quickly made it to the top of the sales rankings...despite the fact that I referred to the PCs on the systems we sold as "dump terminals" (rather than "dumb terminals".) I did this for 6 months, in face-to-face sales pitches AS WELL AS in written proposals. Luckily none of my customers knew any more than I did about this stuff, but still...good lord, how did I manage to find my shoes in the morning?

But hey - at least I never said 'Tubes'.


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