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  • Location, location, location: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (12)

    Last week we recounted the story about the poor people working at Wang's offices in Cologne who had to answer the phone with the following words: "Wang - Cologne." But Wang wasn't the only company with a name that suffered from unfortun... 

  • Angels swoon over Roll's sausage role play: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (11)

    Back in 1995, then Microsoft Office product manager Oliver Roll was making a presentation to top executives at London temping agency Office Angels. In a bid to keep things interesting, Olly had decided to incorporate a number of costume changes i... 

  • Times were hard back then: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (10)

    If you think times are tough now in the computing industry, you should have seen it in the early days. Think of the poor managing director of a failed company spotted in conference with five burly representatives of an aggrieved component supplie... 

  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, IBM salesman: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (9)

    Back in the days of the cold war, two IBMers in Moscow on business got into a conversation about espionage. "I'd be careful if I were you," said the first one, "your hotel room is liable to be bugged." After imbibing quite a f... 

  • A nasty blow in foreign climes: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (8)

    A foreign junket paid for by a favourite vendor was always a welcome diversion for hard-working resellers back in the 90s. It still is, even now, but such trips are far fewer than they used to be. It was on one such junket to Amsterdam on a tour ... 

  • Bottoms up or you're out: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (7)

    It wasn't that long ago that the PC business wasn't exactly PC. And it was back in those times that this story occured. A certain gentleman working at a mail order operation was sacked. What for? The owner's sister didn't like his bum. As on... 

  • The end of an era

    This next print issue of MicroScope (out on 18 April) marks the end of an era but not the end of the MicroScope story. After this issue the magazine will cease to be a print publication with our coverage of the channel being available online and in ... 

  • The name's the thing: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (5)

    Over the years, MicroScope has found that company names (and product names for that matter) can be problematic. Perhaps the most high profile example of this was minicomputer manufacturer Wang which found the unfortunate juxtaposition of its name wit... 

  • When IT was a world of sex and alcohol: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (4)

    People like to say the Germans have no sense of humour, but Soap has recorded proof to the contrary. Back in 1987, microcomputer manufacturer Altos Computer Systems (remember Altos?) sent a telex (remember them?) to its German operation asking for a ... 

  • Mr Bean's Unisys Drop Box: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (3)

    When it comes to demonstrating a product's capabilities, nothing can beat showing people something working right in front of their eyes instead of relying on presenting it on a slide or a video. Back in 1992, Unisys product marketing manager Ste...