Who said keyboards weren't important?

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2005/07/02 17:40 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2005/07/02/435010.aspx

Proper use of keyboards can be really important in some job functions.

A Taiwan stock trader mistakenly bought $251 million worth of shares with a misstroke of her computer keyboard, meaning her company is looking at a paper loss of more than $12 million and she is looking for a new job.

For the full story, look here....

Thankfully, when I mistype something, the only consequence is that the code does not compile. :-)

(via Adi Oltean)

# mdolenga on 2 Jul 2005 8:07 PM:

"Thankfully, when I mistype something, the only conseuence is that the code does not compile. :-)"

Or none whatsoever if you're blogging. :)

# Michael S. Kaplan on 2 Jul 2005 8:21 PM:

Well, that is very lucky given the number of typos here!

(fixed that one, BTW!)

# Mike Williams on 10 Jul 2005 7:38 AM:

In a former life when I was briefly a financial trader, there were trading limits imposed for all transactions, so even a typing error like that would be caught instantly. Now that was nearly twenty years ago - I can barely believe that this company could be trading without such protection.

However it seems common for companies to make excuses about how difficult it is to establish such safeguards in their operating software ... even when it is clear that such issues have been dealt with successfully decades before.

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