Pleas ID this IBM system....

William Donzelli wdonzelli at
Tue May 21 14:55:31 CDT 2019

You can't blame anyone but they idiot using a 3 wheel cart while
moving decks of cards. No sympathy from me.


On Tue, May 21, 2019 at 3:51 PM Chuck Guzis via cctalk
<cctalk at> wrote:
> On 5/21/19 12:34 PM, William Donzelli via cctalk wrote:
> > I might think far more "obsolete" than "bad idea". It worked very well
> > for the mainframe folks.
> ...except when it didn't.   On more than one occasion, I recall watching
> some poor soul with a cart balanced with long (3 foot) trays full of
> cards, hitting a lifted separator strip in the raised floor.  Over goes
> the cart, the cards spread in every direction, and the pusher sitting in
> the middle of it all, close to tears.
> If you happen to chance across any old card decks and note traces of a
> diagonal line drawn across the top, that's the reason--a visual aid for
> reassembling a spilled deck.
> I think the integration folks eventually moved to 4-wheel carts instead
> of the 3-wheel ones for exactly this reason.   Their job was integrating
> new code and patches into the existing product base.  The trip with the
> cards was to make a tape of the data, so that the trip didn't have to be
> repeated.
> --Chuck

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