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Database admin takes a part-time gig automating mainframe database maintenance for a bank. It takes 50 hours over six weeks, but it works beautifully when he leaves. A week later, he gets a call: his work was erased. Can he come back and do it all again? “When I left, for security reasons, my ID was immediately cancelled and my disk space on the mainframe was reassigned,” groans admin. “Management hadn’t taken any steps to save the work!”

After a major crash, company president gets a new laptop — but says the spell checker for his e-mail program is broken. It doesn’t take long for support to track the problem: “Most of the entries the president had added to his custom dictionary were misspelled.”

The amount of information transmitted globally over the Internet will continue to double each year over the next five years. In 2002, the traffic volume was 180 petabits per day (one petabit = 1 million gigabits). This will increase to 5175 petabits per day by 2007, according to IDC. The main driver will be a move to broadband access by current users rather than growth in subscribers to the Internet.

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For some really riveting entertainment Queensland Parliamentary sessions are now broadcast live on the Internet. And no, its introduction has not been driven by great public demand from the masses who cannot get enough parliamentary debate; the initiative is aimed at improving the conduct of politicians. Premier Peter Beattie said the immediacy of the Internet broadcast would highlight the need for parliamentarians to uphold high standards of conduct in the house and the year-long trial broadcast would help determine if video coverage of parliament is warranted. We can only hope debate will improve, but we won’t hold our breath.

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Telecomms equipment maker Lucent Technologies has settled some 54 shareholder lawsuits for $US568 million in stock, cash and stock warrants to end securities laws violation claims dating back to January 2000. Ouch!

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