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A sad day [Jul. 3rd, 2007|03:39 pm]
Roy Janik

The coolest thing on the IBM campus is the ATM.

This beast is ancient, and resides in the cafeteria. It used to serve a purpose, since the cafeteria was cash/check only. But since they began accepting credit cards, I haven't needed to use the ATM as much. It runs OS/2, the failed IBM operating system, if that gives you any indication of its age. But the thing that makes this ATM so cool is not the fact that it's a relic from the past, but the fact that it will give exact change.

Down to the penny.

I remember one day in particular. Scott and I were going to lunch in the cafeteria, and both needed to get cash. I went first, and got $19.99, on general principles. Scott told me that I was just holding up the line, and there was no reason at all to get $19.99, especially since I would get change from the cafeteria cashier when I bought my meal.

"That's not the point," I said. "This thing is a relic. A vision of a future that never came to be, and I'm gonna use it while I can, because one day it will be gone."

Today there was a notice on the ATM saying that it would be replaced on July 17th... and that the replacement would have all sorts of features I would love, but that it would not distribute coins. It remains to be seen if it will give singles, fives, or tens.

I do realize that there's no need for an ATM to give out pennies, or any change at all, really. But it was nice, and unexpected, and unique. And maybe that's what I'll miss most of all, when confronted with the new, shiny device that's exactly like every other ATM.

I didn't actually need cash today, but I got $19.99 out, all the same.


[User Picture]From: kelleyc
2007-07-03 10:03 pm (UTC)
That is the sweetest thing I've ever heard about any piece of machinery.
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[User Picture]From: cailin23
2007-07-04 04:54 am (UTC)
say hi to scott for me!
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[User Picture]From: firth
2007-07-04 05:15 pm (UTC)
aw, man... *sniff*
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