Feel bad about your screwups? At least you're not this guy.



  • At least your mistakes haven't made national news.

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/20/lost.data.ap/index.html

    "While doing routine maintenance work, the technician accidentally deleted applicant information for an oil-funded account -- one of Alaska residents' biggest perks -- and mistakenly reformatted the backup drive, as well.  There was still hope, until the department discovered its third line of defense had failed: backup tapes were unreadable."

    The department is partly at fault for not verifying their backups often enough, but that doesn't save this guy from the embarassment of being partly responsible for kicking off something this huge.



  • This is a time when the word technician should be in quotes just indicate the proper level of sarcasm when using the word.

    The "technician" formatted the crap outta the hard drive. 



  • Later in the article, "According to department staff, they now have a proven and regularly tested backup and restore procedure."

    So, at least they learned from it.



  • Yeah, this a really common cause of foul-ups: nobody ever tested the backup tapes to see if they were any good.

    The
    blame does not really deserve to be placed on this one technician, but
    on whoever set up the backup system with zero testing.

    This
    one'll be on the RISKS list in no time.  They dig up half-a-dozen
    cases of this every year.  That, and people who had UPSen or
    backup generators that they'd never switched on to see if they actually
    work.

     



  • Note that CNN was kind enough not to say, "John Smith, a 32-year-old computer technician, accidentally deleted..."



  • @Jojosh_the_Pi said:

    Note that CNN was kind enough not to say, "John Smith, a 32-year-old computer technician, accidentally deleted..."

    This is So-and-So from CNN-Live, at the home of John Smith, 123 Wtf Drive, Screwup, USA, phone (111) wtf-1111, a 32-year old computer "technician", accidentally...


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