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Virus invades the network at this real estate agency's main site, so IT consultant advises disconnecting the agency's remote office. IT cleans up main office, then heads for the other site -- and finds a baffled staff. "We got the message to disconnect, but we didn't know exactly what to disconnect, so we disconnected everything," office manager says. And it takes IT all night to reconnect every network cable, mouse, keyboard, monitor and power cord.

Tech-phobic company president wants the CFO to display an earnings graph on the wall for a management luncheon. "I'll bring my laptop and projection unit," CFO says. But boss replies, "Don't bother with all that hardware. I'm sure that with all the money spent in IT, you have something that can handle this."

Grumbles on-scene IT staffer: "We had engineering use a plotter to print out the graph on blueprint-sized paper and taped it to the wall. The president was very pleased."

This is just too cute: the vice president of an e-mail protection service, Everyone.net, is Josh Mailman. If you have similar examples send them in to win a prize.

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Online Northern Territory bookmaker Centrebet says it lost up to $2 million in potential revenue over the weekend after extortionists brought down its Web site, not once but twice. Centrebet's Gerard Daffy says it has been able to restart its system since the attacks and police are investigating.

He said Centrebet received an e-mail threatening to bring its site down if $US20,000 was not paid. "True to their word 10 minutes later they bombarded our site and you couldn't access it for love nor money."

Ugly

Embattled Linux-based software vendor Lindows.com Inc. formally changed the name of its desktop operating system from LindowsOS to "Linspire" last week after a two-year trademark dispute with Microsoft. The San Diego company said it renamed its operating system product in an effort to end Microsoft's international legal attacks. Micrososft sued Lindows for trademark infringement in several countries over the similarity between the Windows and Lindows names. Despite court victories in the US and other countries, a name change is still necessary to counter Microsoft's strategy of suing Lindows around the world, company chief executive officer Michael Robertson said in a statement.

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