User Stories

Some love it - others hate it. Some work with it every day and some cannot even remember which version they used. What is YOUR story about SPSS?

Fields marked with * are required.
Your E-mail address won't be published.
For security reasons we save the IP address
Your entry will only be visible in the guestbook after we reviewed it.
We reserve the right to edit, delete, or not publish entries.

Mark A. Barton Mark A. Barton wrote on 27. April 2018 at 13:52:
I started at SPSS in March 1982. In 1984 Bill Arendt showed me an IBM PC sitting in his office. He explained tome that the PC might just be a passing fad, but that we were going to port our mainframe software onto the PC since there seemed to be at least a short-term market for it. I became part of the early SPSS/PC team: Bill Arendt, Jean Jenkins, Kim Peck, ViAnn Beadle, and myself. We had to make SPPS/PC all fit onto PC's with 384K of memory, which required lots of adjustments. We quickly had a PC product. There were just two original IBM PC's at SPSS, one of which was named "Merry". I forget the name of the other. I think ViAnn had named them. Each machine had only floppy drives, and each PC had an external hard drive in a separate box the same size as the original IBM PC, that was either 5 or 10 megabytes. We stored the object files on that hard drive, from which we linked the final release. The hard drive only had room for about 80% of the object files, so we had to swap in floppies during the build process to pick up the remaining object files. There were about 6 separate "modules" to build, and each took about 40 minutes to link. I recall staying one night before a release and sleeping under the desk, waking up every 40 minutes or so to change floppies so the build would finish before morning.
... Toggle this metabox.