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A couple of years ago I was tasked with fixing a problem in a product that wasn't mine, and the original author had passed away. On a 0-10 scale (10 being throw yourself off the cliff), the code was a 7. Embedded 'C' that was 20+ years old, had been through three or four compilers, and four different hardware platforms. All of which the code still supported through countless #if...#endif blocks.

I couldn't repro the problem, until I finally got Mr. Twitchy™ (a coworker) to help. Ultimately we found the bug was a lack of proper initialization in a 3rd party TCP/IP stack we'd purchased in 1995 and then spent the next 20 years modifying. If anybody knows the folks on the WireShark team, tell them I owe them all a Beer | [beer] or six, plus I'm willing to bear a child or two for them.

The correction was only a couple dozen lines of code spread over 3 or 4 places.

I spent over 200 hours of my time over a year debugging this issue. I figure we burned between $75K and $100K, for a system that originally sold for less than that. Sounds stupid, no? It does until you're told that this customer spends millions every year buying stuff from another part of your company, and their head guy just brought up this problem with our head guy.

It's amazing how much grit resembles abject terror at the thought of having to find another job after almost 30 years in your current position.
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