At In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe takes a walk down memory lane -- the late '80s and early '90s -- of the biopharma industry, when computers were considered a luxury and data sharing meant one person hoarding the goods on a mainframe. He talks of the "Bare Desk Era" at his first company, when no computers were official policy and registering new chemical compounds was done with pencil and paper and interoffice mail. "I didn’t even have a shared computer at first; when I finally got a part of one, it was a Mac IIcx, which these days hardly seems like something you could even use to archive your tuna salad recipes," Lowe writes. "Even at the time, it occurred to me that this was no way to handle data."
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