It’s a Hard (Drive) Life


Yep, that’s definitely the problem.

What, what is the problem? We have to move fast, I’ve got Parliament breathing down my neck.

It’s Moore’s Law.

Moore’s Law? What the hell is Moore’s Law?

Well Moore’s Law say’s that we have to do a server upgrade every 18 days.

Are you mad? I know nothing about computers, but surely that was every 18 months?

No, you see with the Rand/dollar exchange rate, for us to keep up with the volume of these traffic fines that you guys are writing, and all the new cars that we’re selling, because of the low interest rates………….

Yes, yes, OK how much is this new server going to cost?

That depends?

Depends? On What?

Are you going to put it out to Tender?

No, of course not, this is a National Disaster, we just need eNaTIS up and running.

OK, let’s just say a round R5M.

But the last one only cost R2M.

Yes, I know, but it only lasted 18 days, and we had to Tender. And anyway we’ve had to import a new hard drive from the States, and I’ve had to pay cash for it, but we can do it quickly if you give me the go-ahead.

Do I have a choice?


OK, here’s the order.


“Technicians were to work through the night in a bid to fix the country’s new electronic national traffic information system, eNaTIS.

National transport spokesperson Collen Msibi said work on the system took longer than expected, preventing centres from opening throughout the country yesterday.

He could not say when the work would be completed.

“The server – ordered last week – has been installed. Technicians will work through the night on communication between it and the data system.”

Earlier in the day, the department said driving licence testing centres countrywide would be closed until lunchtime as a new server was being installed.”

The Star, Tuesday 8 May 2007


“The US Transportation Security Administration is investigating the possible loss or theft of an external hard drive that contained the payroll data of about 100,000 current and former employees, including their Social Security numbers and bank account and routing information. The records affect individuals employed by TSA from January 2002 until August 2005, the agency of the Homeland Security Department said in a statement.

The hard drive was discovered missing from a controlled area at the TSA headquarters’ Office of Human Capital in Arlington, Va.”

FCW.COM, 7 May, 2007


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