Flashback to the days when there were still IT trade shows -- remember them? -- and this pilot fish is providing hardware support for one vendor's software demonstrations.

"One of the marketing suits got the bright idea of having an 'executive briefing' for customer bigwigs on the 26th floor of the large hotel where the trade show was being held," says fish.

"In those days they were using terminals that connected to a control unit with coaxial cable. Naturally, the control unit was on the ground floor, with no way to run a cable up to the penthouse."

That's the problem fish has to solve. Fortunately, the hotel contact mentions that they just installed a TV coax cable to the 26th floor, and it's not yet in use. Could that help? he asks fish.

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