This local school is holding a special celebration that includes inflatable toys in the gym, costumes, candy and a barbecue -- which seems like a good time to have a contractor do some work in the IT office. Or maybe not.
It's the 1980s, and this IT contractor is working on a big project to install an accounting system for a utility in the days before ERP. And with a little downtime on his hands, he gets his first opportunity to try using a virtual machine.
This state transportation department uses computer science students from a local university as programming interns, and everyone is happy with the arrangement -- until one intern learns how to bring down the mainframe.
This four-person team of sysadmins are good about sharing after-hours responsibility for a large cluster of midrange computers. But then a new member of the team arrives who's not exactly a team player.
Tami and Tony taken out behind the barn.
Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) new CEO is doing some spring-cleaning. Looks like Tami Reller's getting the blame for Windows 8, and there's simply no reason to keep Tony Bates hanging around like the metaphorical bad smell.
In other news, Scrooled-meister Mark Penn is getting a promotion. Oh brother.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers eyeroll until their extraocular muscles scream for mercy. Not to mention: MC Chris crosses the nerdcore streams, in tribute to Harold Ramis...
Flashback to 1975, when this pilot fish gets his first IT job as the night computer operator for a regional savings and loan, where the disks show errors almost every night -- but there's a standard procedure for dealing with that.
It's always entertaining for me to take a look back at my previous predictions, so I decided to go back and re-read my previous attempts at foreseeing the future direction of storage, and review my hits and misses. Let's just say I was 10 years too early
IT services company is running a group of remote data centers for a large automotive parts distributor. But when one support call consists of nothing but "My printer is down!" this pilot fish has to try something different.
This little outfit installs accounting and manufacturing systems for small businesses, and the small staff uses two-letter codes to track root causes of problems. But one customer's processing error requires a new code.
It's many years ago, and this IT director pilot fish is responsible for computer services for dozens of hospitals -- and one of the biggest challenges is cranking out 20,000 payroll checks with 1960s technology.