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Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

In earthquakes, alerts may turn machines into action heroes

By Patrick Thibodeau | 02 September, 2014 18:51

The UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory issued an alert about the recent earthquake in California's Napa Valley 10 seconds before it struck. That may not seem like much time -- unless you're a child of the 1950s and 1960s who was trained in school to duck and cover the second you saw a large bright nuclear flash.

Happy Labor Day -- will a bot take your help desk job?

By Patrick Thibodeau | 01 September, 2014 23:50

Competing forces are affecting people who work on help or service desks. One is improving automation tools, which advocates say can replace level 1 and 2 support staff. At the same time, the number of help desk tickets is rising each year, which puts more demand on the service desk.

Intel makes the world's smallest IoT modem

By Patrick Thibodeau | 28 August, 2014 06:06

Intel says it is producing a 3G modem, an essential component for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, smaller than anything else produced in the world.

In Napa quake, power surges led to PC damage

By Patrick Thibodeau | 27 August, 2014 19:48

Sunday's 6.0 earthquake in Napa County, Calif. caused power surges that may have led to much of the damage to computers in homes and small businesses, according to computer technicians in Napa.

Data centers are the new polluters

By Patrick Thibodeau | 27 August, 2014 02:40

U.S. data centers are using more electricity than they need. It takes 34 power plants, each capable of generating 500 megawatts of electricity, to power all the data centers in operation today. By 2020, the nation will need another 17 similarly sized power plants to meet projected data center energy demands as economic activity becomes increasingly digital.

Chief data officer may go the way of chief electricity officer

By Patrick Thibodeau | 25 August, 2014 20:20

The U.S. Commerce Department plans to hire a chief data officer , whose job will be to make more of the department's data publicly available. Whoever takes the job will be part of an exclusive club.

Obama's options for tech immigration take shape

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 August, 2014 08:08

When President Barack Obama takes executive action on immigration, he's expected to give final approval to a rule allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders, now barred from working in the U.S., to get jobs.

Obama's options for tech immigration take shape

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 August, 2014 06:45

When President Barack Obama takes executive action on immigration, he's expected to give final approval to a rule allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders, now barred from working in the U.S., to get jobs.

IT outages are an ongoing problem for the U.S government

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 August, 2014 06:59

Fully 70% of federal agencies experienced downtime of 30 minutes or more in a recent one-month period.

In Pictures: 10 things about (the Internet of) Things

By Patrick Thibodeau | 18 August, 2014 14:01

Floating things, flying things, finding things and fashion things are all part of the Internet of Things. Prepare for a hyper connected future.

With SmartThings buy, is Samsung embracing an open Internet of Things?

By Patrick Thibodeau | 16 August, 2014 06:27

In acquiring SmartThings, Samsung is gaining a philosophy, platform and development community for the Internet of Things. It may also be betting that open standards -- open platforms -- will be the key to winning this market.

Ferguson's tiny IT operation in the maelstrom

By Patrick Thibodeau | 15 August, 2014 05:55

Ferguson, Mo., the city now in the midst of protests over a fatal police shooting, runs the type of IT department that gets almost no attention.

Wyoming to close data centers in cloud shift

By Patrick Thibodeau | 14 August, 2014 20:18

The state of Wyoming is planning to discontinue most of its data center operations and move its physical equipment to commercial co-location facilities.

School system CIOs are sold on Chromebooks

By Patrick Thibodeau | 12 August, 2014 07:41

The popularity of Chromebooks in school districts may be the main reason they're seeing strong year-to-year growth.

HP gives OpenVMS new life

By Patrick Thibodeau | 01 August, 2014 03:36

Hewlett-Packard has changed its direction on OpenVMS, giving the operating system -- and users -- something of a reprieve.