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The Genius

This data center is run by a tech who thinks very highly of himself, and makes sure everyone else knows it. Then comes the day when he needs help with a small problem...

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Throwback Thursday: Breakfast Of Champions

This small retail chain depends on six servers on a single UPS that can run the entire computer room for 20 minutes -- and it's fine until a zap, a sizzle and an outage.

Success at last!

This pilot fish changes jobs, moving from a small software company to a large state college -- and there's a bit of culture shock when it comes to basic equipment.

Sure, go ahead and ask -- but don't tell

There's a significant data-loss incident at this small company, and once the lone IT pilot fish has restored the systems, he has one big question: How did this happen?

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Kiss Apple networking goodbye

Maybe Wi-Fi and backup hardware just isn’t sexy enough for a company with its headquarters in a flying saucer.

One lousy hurricane hits and it all goes to the dogs

Pilot fish's employer is developing the disaster recovery plan for a client's business operations, and it's all by the book -- until an actual disaster strikes.

No good deed goes unpunished

Pilot fish handles anything computer-related for this family-run business, which provides business services for large public events -- one of which has a large problem.

Failure to launch

This space agency is creating a next-generation digital library for a new satellite observation system at an even newer facility -- one that isn't quite debugged yet.

The lifeline

This seasoned ex-mainframer is sailing smoothly toward retirement by managing a factory's AS/400, until a hardware issue turns very bad -- and it looks like he's sunk.

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Priorities

There's a major system failure in this data center, and it's all-hands-on-deck for everybody in IT. But a consultant pilot fish suspects something has been forgotten.

Who needs a database admin on the payroll, anyway?

This city government has a DBA on contract, and can't seem to get a permanent employee to do the job. Solution: Hand the work off to one of the city's software vendors.

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Be it a lightning strike that destroys a home entertainment center or fluctuating power that degrades the life of your electronics – surges, lightning, and power disturbances can have a devastating impact on the valuable electronics...

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The new APC BE600M1 Back-UPS has 7 total outlets: 5 battery backup outlets plus 2 Surge Protection outlets, more than ever before. BE600M1 Back-UPS is capable of powering your wireless networking equipment for 2 to 6 hours when power...

Ready or not, we're ready!

This company decides its New Orleans facility WILL be able to handle the next hurricane, and 24 hours after the storm, it's ready to go -- with just two small problems.

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Review: 4 online backup services keep your data safe

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If you're going to lose a laptop, better it be a Chromebook

I left my Chromebook on a bus yesterday, and my own Defensive Computing let me down.

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