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IT Hall Of Shame, Part 2

Welcome back to our rogue's gallery of computer industry flops, frauds and foibles. In this installment, we're pleased to present ten more exhibits, from Y2K to the Pentium Bug, that prove the best laid plans of mice and men don't just go awry -- they lead straight to the IT Hall of Shame.
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You'd think they would have learned after the Y2K. Nope, the computer industry was again in a tizzy seven years later over the so-called Daylight Savings Bug. 2007 saw lawmakers roll back daylight-saving time to March 11, three weeks earlier than normal. The changeover caused IT watchers to get paranoid like it was 1999, as many again predicted our computerized civilization would come to an end as chips controlling everything from coffee pots to power grids fell victim to the change. In the end, bulletins were issued, patches were released, systems were updated, and life as we know it went on.

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