Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Oops!  Technician's error wipes out data for state fund - CNN.com

As a DBA, do you test your backups? Restore them periodically, to make sure the media works, etc? Old veterans all have a horror story about what made them get the religion of testing backups (in my case, it was backups with very minor imperfections, that would cause single bits to flip in a data warehouse.)

Don't be this guy...

Oops! Technician's error wipes out data for state fund - CNN.com: "JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Perhaps you've experienced that sinking feeling when a single keystroke accidentally destroys hours of work. Now imagine wiping out a disk drive containing an account worth $38 billion.

That's what happened to a computer technician reformatting a disk drive at the Alaska Department of Revenue. While doing routine maintenance work, the technician accidentally deleted applicant information for an oil-funded account -- one of Alaska residents' biggest perks -- and mistakenly reformatted the backup drive, as well."

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