Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Corporate policies for acquiring hardware
typically require going through a bunch
of procedures, like issuing purchase orders, getting appropriate
approvals, all the usual red tape with the purpose of preventing fraud.
But the Windows 95 project was so notoriously behind schedule
that upper management removed some procedural roadblocks.
To expedite the acquisition of hardware for members of the development
team, the administrative assistant for the core development team
was issued a corporate credit card with a credit limit of $500,000.
what $500,000 in 1994 dollars
corresponds to in today's money.)
I assume the theory here was "buy first, fill out paperwork later."
"It's kind of weird having a credit card in your pocket that you could
buy a house with."