It's the early 1980s when this IT pilot fish joins the workforce — and figures out a neat hack at his first real job at a small company.

"The company's minicomputer had user terminals in some of the offices," says fish. "The terminals allowed you to do a few things beyond simple data entry, and one trick was to tell the terminal to skip input fields on a data entry screen.

"One day my boss gave me a large batch of General Ledger journal entries that needed to be corrected. They were missing values in two fields, out of about two dozen. So I programmed the screen to skip from the required fields to the end, accept the page, go to the next entry, and skip down to the fields I had to enter.

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