This local bank has an old-fashioned two-story lobby and its own mainframe upstairs -- and a disaster waiting to happen.
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.
This computer room has a UPS unit the size of a really big chest freezer, but once a year it needs preventive maintenance -- and one year that happens without warning.
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.
IBM: No worries.
Feeling left out, IBM (NYSE:IBM) has finally decided to chime in on its stance regarding alleged, massive, blanket, Orwellian surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Due to fears that continued leaky drips from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden may hurt business, IBM posted an open letter about the issue on a company website.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are feeling blue.
It's the 1970s, and this young pilot fish working as a student assistant in a university data center gets Friday afternoon marching orders from the mainframe operators who are leaving early. How could that go wrong?
This county government has a jury application that interfaces with its mainframe, and it handles everything except cutting paychecks for the jurors. That takes an extra set of steps by the jury coordinators.
User at this state agency has a problem with her mainframe account, so her supervisor requests a new ID on the mainframe -- and that requires some approvals to gain access to certain screens.
This junior mainframe programmer is part of a team that's moved to a new location. But soon a senior data analyst starts complaining that she's getting headaches and her terminal isn't right.