This college's main computer facility is located in one building's basement, which normally is not a problem -- until the day a nearby water main breaks.
The financial institution where this pilot fish works is moving to a new disaster recovery site, and that means arranging the transfer of several financial-market data servers -- which could take months.
This local bank has an old-fashioned two-story lobby and its own mainframe upstairs -- and a disaster waiting to happen.
This company auto-generates and sends out faxes to a large number of its vendors and clients. But in a rack with dozens of fax modems, individual modems keep failing randomly -- and no one knows why.
The world has changed. Information technology is the new normal, as almost everyone is connected in some way to the net. Television was the last big thing, but people are now bypassing live television and getting most of their information from the network, even their TV shows.
This non-IT pilot fish who works for an air-conditioning equipment distributor has to head into the office on Saturday morning to pick up a part for a customer -- and there he finds the IT guys, who have racks full of servers to move.
This group of climate modelers needs a big server, and the group's manager needs a new laptop. Both requests go into the same system at the same time. What could possibly go wrong?
This computer room has a ramp for bringing in supplies, and at the top is a big red emergency power-off switch. And it's positioned six feet off the floor, so why would it need a safety cover?
Flashback to the late 1960s, when this pilot fish has just gotten a job in a bank's data processing department -- and one day his new boss tells him to grab a disk pack and run for a cab.
Contractor pilot fish's nightly routine includes a walk-through of this software company's server lab. And when he spots a UPS with a blinking amber LED, he knows how to start troubleshooting: push the self-test button.