Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Mother Nature teaches Google a lesson

Four successive lightning strikes on a local utility grid in Europe caused a data loss at Google's Belgium data center.

Working STEM students may be forced to leave U.S. next year, says court

A federal judge made a ruling this week that could force tens of thousands of foreign workers, many of whom are employed at tech companies on student visas, to return to their home countries early next year.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 15 August, 2015 06:10

Tags: services, Department of Homeland Security, Option, outsourcing, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, H-1B, IT outsourcing

A new tool for pricing used IT equipment

An electronics recycler has created an IT products database representing 9,000 manufacturers and 11 million equipment models. The products range from consumer to business equipment, such as network storage devices, routers, switches, as well as servers, PCs and office machines.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 05 August, 2015 00:14

Tags: Arrow Electronics, ebay, sage, IT management, sustainable IT

Lawmakers propose new visa for foreign tech entrepreneurs

Two U.S. House Democrats are proposing a new visa for immigrants who can obtain "significant" venture capital funding for a business, or can otherwise establish a business that creates some jobs.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 01 August, 2015 23:12

Tags: IT industry, Sena, H-1B, government

Computer fires requiring a 911 call rare

Computer fires severe enough to prompt a 911 call are so unusual that when it does happen, local media sometimes makes note of it. That was the case in Arlington, Va., recently, when firefighters found a computer burning on the balcony of an apartment complex.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 30 July, 2015 05:29

Tags: Arlington County Fire Dept., computer hardware, hardware systems

The worst thing about tech bubbles isn't what you may think

You may recall how the last tech bubble 15 years ago resulted in staggering market losses, numerous failed start-ups and increasing IT unemployment. Less noticed was the bubble's eerie correlation to undergraduate enrollments in computer science.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 27 July, 2015 20:10

Tags: IT industry, ASDA, SnapChat, education, Airbnb, FedEx, netflix, industry verticals, Target, whirlpool

Woman recruited by Google four times and rejected, joins suit

There was something about Cheryl Fillekes that Google really liked. Over a seven-year period, Fillekes was contacted by Google recruiters four different times for jobs. In each case, she did well enough in the phone interviews to get an invitation for an in-person interview.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 22 July, 2015 06:49

Tags: University of Chicago, EE, Google, IT careers, careers, IT management, Oppo

Some enterprise users feel neglected by Apple

As use of Apple products expands in the enterprise, IT managers say Apple's interest in helping them comes up short. It can even be a little strange.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 17 July, 2015 00:08

Tags: business issues, Apple, apple mac

As Apple desktop use grows, IT adapts

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. -- Widespread iPhone and iPad adoption is influencing broader use of Apple products in the enterprise, namely desktops and laptops. One enterprise seeing this is University of Nevada at Reno, where academic freedom at the research university also means the freedom to choose an OS.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 15 July, 2015 20:06

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, Microsoft, Mac OS X, software, operating systems

Microsoft, Rubio, Sessions and the H-1B ground war

Microsoft's argument that the U.S. faces a shortage of people with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills isn't helped by the <a href="">7,800 layoffs it announced last week</a>.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 13 July, 2015 20:12

Tags: services, outsourcing, Microsoft, Sena, H-1B

IBM has first 7nm chip and leapfrogs over competitors

IBM says it has produced the world's first 7nm (nanometer) chip, arriving well ahead of competitors, thanks to advances in its chip technology.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 10 July, 2015 00:53

Tags: Computer Processors, IBM, Components, processors, intel

IT departments may be losing their bad reputation

The pejorative that IT is the "department of "no" may no longer be true -- if it ever really was.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 09 July, 2015 20:04

Tags: security, comptia

5 facets of the coming Internet of Things boom

Predictions that the Internet of Things (IoT) will usher in a <a href="">new era of prosperity</a> get some backing in a <a href="">new study</a> by consulting firm McKinsey &amp; Company.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 30 June, 2015 07:26

Tags: Internet of Things, McKinsey & Company, internet, McKinsey

Coal plant fires, Google hires

Google is building a $600 million data center on the grounds of a soon-to-close coal plant in northeastern Alabama. The project may create an iconic image of the shifts in the economy.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 26 June, 2015 06:22

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Google, hardware systems, Data Center

One in three datacentre servers is a zombie

A new study says that 30% of all physical servers in data centers are comatose, or are using energy but delivering no useful information. What's remarkable is that that percentage hasn't changed since 2008, when a separate study showed the same thing.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 June, 2015 02:36

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Uptime Institute, hardware systems, Data Center, McKinsey, Stanford University

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