In 1984, i was writing my Thesis @ RaboBank Nederland HQ. Together with Rudy Vink, Niek de Ruiter and Theo Reyme. It was a very interesting time. I just had read the book '1984' .As a student i was already making more money then everybody else around, as testified by the 'IBM ASAP' payment check. It did get me a new girlfriend back then. Yes, we did VM/SP and OS390 integration on DATATRIEVE and VSPC bulprocessing back then. When nobody heard of an ATM yet!
Now, 26 years later, it appears that our RABObank is the strongest in the world. Where even Michelle Obama has an account. In case the Liberal Democrats AND the Republicans win the next elections. As a friend of Laura in Miami Dade County once said, Elections are about people and not about voting machines.
Now, in 2010, i have found 9 people that use SPSS. What does that mean to the current Standard Deviation and MBTF @ SOX?
Our oldest son wants to be a Pharmacist, and not an engineer.
Lessons from the past remain useful for the future, and i still love SPSS @ age 56.