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.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?