At a job that I left in 2011 the company is still running Windows XP and IE7 because a proprietary database won't work with anything newer.
I considered myself lucky to have a workstation with 1 GB of ram (most machines have 512mb) despite having shared video, and was told by IT that I didn't need any more ram to run the multiple programs I needed to keep open, and their "fix" for my workstation was to increase the size of the swap file on the ...vintage 80 GB hard drives.
We also won't get started on accessing a client's copy of an outdated version of IBM CICS over an unreliable Citrix connection or being told by my supervisor that the fillable PDF forms I created with OpenOffice to allow us to email information to clients instead of faxing handwritten forms required a full copy of Adobe Acrobat on every workstation instead of the copy of Acrobat Reader that was already installed...
Methinks it's time for the company to spend money on the tools to let employees be more productive in order to let us help the company to make more money!
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