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Flashback Friday: A little TOO efficient

A moving story from back in the day.

And that, kids, is how you boot a system

Sometimes you just need to do a little percussive maintenance.


Not-so-Big Gulp

It’s not raining now, therefore it won’t rain in the future.

Flashback Friday: That’s unusual?

It’s a heat wave, but just in the server room.

How he spent his day off

Just before a holiday, this IT support guy calls a remote office to have a pair of tapes changed. But it's not the usual person who does it -- and not the usual result.

Apple CEO Tim Cook

'We need new privacy laws,' urges Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook is urging government regulation to regulate shady data brokers and to protect user privacy.

Where's the fire?

This data center has a high-end mainframe, Halon to protect it from fire and an operator who never smokes in the computer room. So which one brings the firefighters?

Not that I ever doubted you...

This government office has two mainframes side by side in its computer room -- and a big problem that only shows up when a computer operator happens to reach out to them.

Christmas has been cancel--er, rescheduled!

Flashback to late 2005, when this pilot fish is part of the 24x7x365 staff for a bank's data center and Christmas is coming -- but not on the day you would expect.

So you think anyone will want this 'timesharing' stuff?

Flashback to the days when the mainframe is king and timesharing is a huge boon for programmers -- who get more than a little jealous when they can't get access to it.

Throwback Thursday: Bin there, done that

It's a few years before eBay, and this IT shop is upgrading one of its oldest machines with external tape drives -- and some obsolete but expensive interface cards.

So much for THAT excuse

It's 2:30 a.m. when this data center pilot fish is awakened from a sound sleep by a call from an inexperienced mainframe operator -- with a show-stopping problem.

Oh, THAT SMP!

Mainframe database admin is responsible for supporting two divisions at this big bank -- and they're not on the same page when it comes to rolling out software updates.

Your emergency isn't MY emergency

This data center's monitoring console is lit up like a Christmas tree when the staff arrives at work one morning -- but the power outage isn't their biggest problem.

Upgrade, downgrade

This small government agency has its own "data center," with a handful of systems and a starvation budget -- but at least an air-conditioning upgrade is on the way.

Little IT Shop of Horrors III: The eyes! The eyes!

Flashback to the mid-1960s, when the Control Data 6600 supercomputer is the fastest thing going -- and for programmers using it, the console has one very creepy feature.

Little IT Shop of Horrors II: Another fine mess

Pilot fish figures it's safe to store four pumpkins under the mainframe room's raised floor for a month before Halloween. What could possibly go wrong with that plan?

Throwback Thursday: Well, he was busy, OK?

Hurricane's storm surge hits this Gulf Coast chemical plant and inundates it, and in the aftermath there's lots of cleaning up -- and counting up the damaged computers.

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Apple, Amazon server spy story is wake-up call to security pros (u)

While Apple and Amazon deny claims that spy chips were found inside their servers, the story illustrates the complex security challenges enterprises face.

Throwback Thursday: How (not) to save money in IT

The servers in this computer room are having problems with their disk drives, but fortunately there's a simple short-term fix -- and, unfortunately, a longer-term agenda.

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