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IT Rule #17: Any computer is ALWAYS about to break

Pilot fish has to field this user's complaint after his laptop's hard drive dies. It seems he can't re-install the operating system because the serial number is illegible -- and the IT support staff isn't sufficiently helpful.

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United Airlines flights resume after 'network connectivity' issues resolved

United Airlines passengers faced major travel delays today after the carrier suspended all U.S. flights due to computer problems.

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Microsoft streamlines hybrid cloud operations with new tools

Workloads moved to the cloud must be managed properly, so Microsoft has released new tools to help system administrators bridge their in-house data centers with Azure services.

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8 backup and security tips for frequent fliers

Do your data security plans include recovery contingencies for when you’re traveling?

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US visa system back online after major outage

The U.S. Department of State is back in the business of issuing visas after a computer system failure halted work at consulates worldwide and inconvenienced hundreds of thousands of travelers.

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Business continuity and disaster recovery planning: The basics

Good business continuity plans will keep your company up and running through interruptions of any kind: power failures, IT system crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems and more.

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Disaster recovery planning begins at the desktop

Many organizations have spent large amounts of time and money developing complex disaster recovery plans. Despite all of that planning, an organization can easily be disrupted by the loss of a single key PC or server, a problem most...

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Starbucks hit by major computer failure

Starbucks suffered a major computer system failure late Friday that took down its sales systems at stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Bloomberg blames 'faulty hardware' for data terminal outage

Bloomberg blamed a "combination of hardware and software failures" for a two-hour outage affecting users of its popular data and messaging terminals.

Transforming robot gets stuck in Fukushima nuclear reactor

Designed to survey the meltdown, the machine completed two-thirds of its planned route

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Building IT for worst-case scenarios

The World Bank overhauls IT so it's better prepared to do business in global hotspots where war, disease and poverty may be among the challenges of everyday life.

Disaster-response robot 'Octopus' debuts in Japan

Japan aims 'Octopus' robot at nuclear disasters

Rubble-climbing, path-clearing, four-armed, four-tracked 'bot designed to help during disasters like the Fukushima plant meltdown that beat 'disaster' robots unable to deal with harsh conditions.

Sensor tech makes predicting the future easier to do

We no longer need seers, oracles and psychics to tell us about the future. The declining cost of sensor technology and the availability of cloud-based analytical platforms is making predictive analytics accessible to every industry...

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You’ve been hacked. Now what?

6 key things to do after a security breach.

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Internet of Things could be key to IT's response to climate change

How IT execs can protect their companies from the effects of global warming and create new business opportunities.

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Facebook, Instagram restored after outage in many countries

Facebook said the problems were its fault

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The risks of a big man-made IT disaster are on the rise

IT services are but one human error away from a spectacular failure, and there's very little evidence to suggest that we've found a way to stop people from making mistakes. (Insider, registration required.)

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How to prepare for Verizon's 2-day cloud shutdown

With some of Verizon's enterprise customers about to lose their cloud service for up to two days, now is the time for them to prepare for the extended downtime.

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