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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.

Throwback Thursday: Wait, it's not fixed yet!

Pilot fish works the late shift, so he's not due into the office until 10 a.m. But at 8:45 a.m., he gets a call from a colleague with bad news: The server is dead.

When the going gets tough...

It's a few decades back, and this IT pilot fish is on the team converting a system at an organization in the Midwest on a grueling schedule -- and then there's bad news.

Speed kills

It's the 1980s, and this IT pilot fish figures out a neat hack to speed up a data entry job for his company's minicomputer -- but there's just one small problem with it.

Bitcoin banned against a Chinese flag.

China once again cracks down on cryptocurrencies, news outlets

The Chinese government has banned more than a half dozen online media outlets after they published information on cryptocurrencies, and a regional government authority clamped down on all venues hosting crypto events.

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Networks for a yottabyte world

The future requires networks that are qualitatively more flexible, scalable, efficient and manageable. Network function virtualization and software defined networks are the way forward.

Forget the facts -- we want something to blame!

This data center relies heavily on one major IT vendor, but the company's CEO is having second thoughts about that situation -- and thinks he knows what to do about it.

Throwback Thursday: Is this the end for Y2K?

It's early 2008 when this systems support pilot fish starts getting reports that a special Y2K tool has stopped working -- and that turns out to be a big problem.

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Review: 6 data recovery tools for USB flash drives and more

Accidentally deleted an important document, picture or other file on a thumb drive or memory card? These tools can help you get it back.

No good deed goes unpunished -- for anyone involved

This hospital's computer room has a history of intermittent and hard-to-pin-down issues -- and while a consultant has the cure, he tries to be just a bit too helpful.

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