It’s the mid-1980s and, in this close-knit IT shop, the dozen techies have a regular game they play: Spot the Bonuses.

“There were about eight developers, two guys on the network side of the team and two people on the operations team,” says fish.

“Our company had mainframes running IBM’s MVS operating system, and we used its TSO/ISPF software as our tool for everything related to our systems — including the ability to see all print jobs in the queue, even as they’re printing.”

Most of the time, that’s just used for managing the computer room’s big line printers. But while the company payroll is handled by an outside outfit, for some reason the company prints bonus checks for its executives in-house.

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