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Data centre dangers: Killing a tree and exploding a UPS

On-call It's the weekend, so it must be time for another instalment of “On-call”, in which we share readers' tales of the odd goings-on that take place when they're required to tackle a job outside of normal hours. This time around, readers Graeme shares five incidents in just one data centre. The first started when someone on the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2015
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Dell PowerEdge boots up after Hurricane Sandy acid bath

It is not clear how many servers Hurricane Sandy wiped out, but at least one Dell PowerEdge box in the Maspeth neighborhood of Queens not only survived the flood sufficiently to allow for the company to boot up the box to get its data off, it managed to do that after being soaked in acid-laced salt water. The server in …
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Asian PC market slowed by HDD misery

Hard disk drive production levels may be reaching full capacity again after the widespread flooding in Thailand last year but the PC market in south east Asia is likely to be disrupted for some time to come after taking a severe knock in the last quarter, according to IDC. The analyst’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly PC Tracker for Q4 …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Mar 2012
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Microsoft execs warn of PC sales drop in crucial Q4

Senior Microsoft executives are warning that PC sales in the last quarter will be lower than expected, saying the effects of the floods in Thailand are having a lingering impact. CFO Tami Reller told a JPMorgan Chase & Co. conference that the flooding was causing the PC industry more serious problems than had been expected. …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jan 2012
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Inside WD's flooded Thai factory

There is an eerie calm inside Western Digital's flooded hard disk drive plant near Bangkok. It has been transformed into a silent lake. Photo images sent to us and posted on Facebook show the plant rising out of a sea of floodwater. Here are three of the images. First, the approach to the plant: Click to enlarge Closer to …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2011
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Flood-hit WD could lose HDD leadership

WD has announced very good results for its first financial 2012 quarter, ending September 30, with revenue of $2.7bn (£1.7bn), 12 per cent or so up on the year ago quarter's $2.4bn. Net profit was $239m (£151m), satisfyingly higher than the $197m recorded a year ago, and 58 million disk drives were shipped – that's seven million …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2011
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Social media and Queensland's floods: some fail, some win

Setting aside superficial theories about the “triple bottom line”, corporate charity is a problem: the public donor will be criticized as handing over money in exchange for publicity, the secret donor will be criticized for not appearing in the published donor lists. Even before the floodwaters in Brisbane hit their peak, …
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Touchscreen BlackBerry details leaked

Details of the BlackBerry Storm have been leaked around the internet, apparently coming from internal documents and one video presentation, showing how RIM plans to take on the iPhone. The handset, previously rumoured to be called 'Thunder', will apparently be exclusive to Verizon in the USA and features a touch screen with …
Bill Ray, 17 Sep 2008
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NZ sports fans cop eyeful of hardcore

Shaken NZ sports fans have recounted how a relaxing Sunday afternoon in front of Prime TV's Grass Roots Rugby turned to horror and disbelief as they were treated to three minutes and 50 seconds of rooting Desperate Black Wives 2. According to 3 News, the "programming blunder" spewed no-holds-barred filth from one of Sky's …
Lester Haines, 7 Jul 2008
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Blighty to become old-time Inundation Nation

A top boffin has warned that Blighty may be headed into a "monsoon" period, possibly a decade or more in duration, in which we can expect much more flooding than has been the norm for the past generation or so. Interestingly, Professor Stuart Lane doesn't ascribe his predicted watery onslaught to climate change. He says the UK …
Lewis Page, 8 May 2008

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