“Due to my college education, I knew…”
“How to teach people?” Ruthie interrupted.
“How computers work!” I smiled. “However, during my interview to work in telecommunications, I had no idea how the ‘good ole boys’ network’ controlled corporations or groups of men.”
“Besides working with men, what did you do at that first Telco job that you secured right out of college?”
“In the beginning, I built databases.”
“I compiled the data for telephone switches putting customer data in computer formats. It was intricate; as I was trained, I took notes. My book became the manual I’d use to train other new hires.”
“You lived and learned then passed that information on to others?”
“Yes, mostly men. Eventually, my journal became the DOG book.”
“Because, men are dogs; and you mainly worked with males?” My pal joked.
“No!” I interrupted her thoughts for the true explanation of the nomenclature of that ‘how to’ work manual, “DOG stands for Digital Office Guide! We were converting hardware to software; the company was advancing the digital era for telecommunications.”
“Yes, and more!” I proudly added. “We were at the brink of new business ventures.”
“I venture to say it must have been an enlightening time.”
“That’s true on more levels than you’d imagine.”
“I can imagine a lot.” My pal giggled.
~*~ On the Threshold of Diversity ~*~
“We were at the threshold of AT&T’s breakup due to the ruling it was a monopoly. Our company sat poised to take care of the other common carriers such as SPRINT, MCI, and future phone providers. Those new businesses would eclipse AT&T in the future with cellphone development and distribution. I worked on the Internet before Gore created it.”
“What?” My table companion scowled.
“While at that company, in one of my capacities, I wrote pricing and billing software for sales all over the world. We sent data at three hundred baud over telephone lines. The main hub was out of Geneva; only governments and large corporations with deep pockets could afford this specialized transmission. It eventually opened to the public being named the Internet.”
“You can imagine every second on that worldwide digital highway cost money. I had to work offline as much as possible only using the Geneva base to test my programs, train the end users, or firm up local sales and pricing.”
“It was that pricy?”
“I paid the price.”
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