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The Most Intriguing Tech Disasters In History

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Not every innovation is a success. Not every invention instantly makes it to the top of the list. Where do they end up? Not on the failures list but on our list of “How on Earth did that happen?” Here is taking a look at some of the weirdest tech disasters of all time!

1. The Blackberry outage 

Back when the Blackberry was one of the largest phones out there, a service outage was a serious issue! One of the major disasters to affect the phone was a service outage in 2011 that left some customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, the United States, and Canada without text messaging or internet access for a few days. The outage eventually led many customers to switch to iOS or Android devices. When an analysis was done on what went wrong, this outage was cited as one of the major reasons for the drop in the users of the Blackberry.

2. Grand Theft Auto 

Since the beginning of gaming history, gamers have found little hidden treasures and Easter Eggs. However, Grand Theft Auto went a step further. Hackers found sex simulations hidden deep into Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas! The moment this news became public, Rockstar Games suffered. Boxes started gathering dust on the shelves and the revenue fell down drastically! Grand Theft Auto was never the same after this disastrous discovery!

3. Pepsi bottling numbers glitch 

During the early 1990s, a Pepsi promotion in the Philippines claimed one lucky customer who found a bottle with the number 349 printed under its cap would win a large sum of money. Unfortunately, a computer glitch caused thousands of number 349 caps to be printed, leading to riots in the streets and even a bombing of a Pepsi plant in the country. Oh Pepsi, you boo boo maker!

4. Apple Mac Portable 

Expected to break barriers when it came to portable systems, the 1989 released Apple Mac Portable was anything but that! As heavy as a tree trunk, the portable mac failed miserably. It was so bad, it had to be discontinued in October 1991.

5. The LAX network failure 

In 2007, a computer outage at Los Angeles International Airport led to the stranding of 17,000 passengers on international flights for 10 hours. The problem occurred because US Customs authorities could not screen the passengers without the software. It was later revealed the software had not been updated for more than 3 months, causing this unfortunate breakdown.

Technology can be a funny thing. When it takes off, it takes off with a bang. When it fails, the repercussions are disastrous, to say the least. If you think we missed out on any interesting tech disasters, please feel comment and let us know!

 

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Women And Work Life Balance

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As a woman, growing comes with its pitfalls, its struggles and its unrealistic expectations. As a woman in a competitive work environment, not everyone has the option of being successful and having a comfortable home environment. If you are tired all the time, unhappy at home everyday and not growing the right way, then these tips might just help fix the every day blues.

1. Define the word balance to yourself 

Whether you are a working mother or a working woman care of things at home, what does the word balance mean to you? The word balance is like clothes: it is not designed to fit everyone perfectly. Write down your priorities and think about how to spend time outside work as well. Chalk out your life outside and work, this will give your life the much needed clarity. Before you jump full throttle into two worlds at the same time, define what balance means to you and set the guidelines to your happiness.

2. Seek the balance 

Let your colleagues and bosses know how serious you are about maintaining a strong work life balance. One of the major mistakes I made at the beginning of my career was to make it known that I am available all the time. I would reply to mails constantly and always stay on top of things. Not only does this ensure an early burn out, it makes your life at home miserable, to say the least. My work life balance is gone for a toss, obviously. However, if you still have the chance, then yourself now! Set a timer on your email app and make sure you do not respond as soon as you get an email. P.S., this really does help keep yourself sane.

3. Let your aspirations be known 

Define both your family and career aspirations. Reflect and revisit them often. Communicate your aspirations to your organization or network, as well as your family. On a side note, if you really do want to take a break from work, make sure you understand the repercussions of how going back to work will be like.

We live in a male dominated world. There is no denying that Achilles Heel. As a woman of this generation, we want everything. We want to be at the top of the corporate ladder and be the best version of ourselves on the home front as well. If you think we missed out one any aspects which might help, then comment and let us know!

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Historical Moments In Tech History

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There are certain moments in life, especially in the world of technology, which make their place in history. No, these are not the disasters, but events in the world which set the ball rolling for a great future. Check out our list of great historical tech moments here!

1. The dot com boom 

The evolving of an idea to a revolution with the dot com bubble in the 1990s. The dot com craze gave rise to the presence of companies like Google and Amazon. While some of the other companies crashed and burned post the dot com bubble burst, these companies survived and changed the course of the Internet. Not only did the dot com craze show us a new tech future, it showed us what would happen if technology was used the right way!

2. Sheryl Sandberg becomes the first Facebook woman COO

After breaking multiple barriers, Sheryl Sandberg became the first woman COO of Facebook in the year 2006! Not only is she one of the first woman on the board in Facebook’s history, she also set in place several groups within and outside Facebook to empower women all over the world!

3. The first mouse 

The first mouse was invented way back in the year 1941, however the first mouse was publicly announced only in the year 1968. In 2003, a former Bristol professor named Ralph Benjamin claimed he was the original creator of a mouse-like device. Secretly patented in 1946 by the British Royal Navy, the ‘ball tracker’ was a metallic ball that would roll between wheels to send coordinates to a radar system, however, it wasn’t public knowledge until decades later.

4. The first mail is received from outer space 

Over 25 years ago, the first mail was sent from the mail! The mail was sent on 28 August, 1991 and was sent from a portable Macintosh system. The computer was fitted on the Atlantis Shuttle and read the following:

Hello Earth! Greetings from the STS-43 Crew. This is the first AppleLink from space. Having a GREAT time, wish you were here… send cryo and RCS! Hasta la vista, baby,…we’ll be back!

5. The Google Doodle came to be 

The 1990s were memorable, to say the least. A couple of years after the first mail was sent from space, Google went a step further and brought to life the unique concept of the Google Doodle! Google has an official doodler, with the doodles appearing more and more often on the search engine’s home page. Google transformed the way we celebrate events and set a trend as regards celebrating history, even becoming a benchmark for creativity and ideas.

There are so many things that make the tech world a brilliant place. If you think we missed out on any important events, then comment and let us know!

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Google Maps Unknown Facts

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Whether you are stuck in traffic or lost in the wilderness or planning a road trip, you have definitely used Google Maps atleast once in your life. This Google app makes your travel time shorter, by letting you discover routes free of traffic and easy to navigate roads! While you know the basics behind Google Maps, there are so many things hidden beneath the web sheets. Here are some unknown facts about Google Maps that will definitely blow your skirt up!

1. A discovery was made 

Did you know that the largest natural bridge on earth was virtually unknown to the rest of the world, until it was observed on Google maps!

2. Weed oh weed!

Swiss Police used Google Earth to find a two acre weed farm! On a side note, this discovery was made by accident!

3. Always for Barrack Obama

When you zoom into the White House on Google Maps, you can still see Barrack Obama’s face! How cool is that?

4. Google Maps, you disaster causer! 

Nicaraguan troops once accidentally marched into Costa Rica, destroyed a protected forest, dredged the San Juan river and dumped all the stuff they scooped out of it into Costa Rican territory, all because their commander used Google maps when planning, instead of military charts. Oh Google Maps, you destroyer of peace!

5. North Korea does not want to be found 

Did you know that Google Maps does not work in North Korea? No, really. If you look for places in North Korea, Google Maps does not show anything!

6. The Google Forest 

There is a rainforest in Africa nicknamed the ‘Google Forest’ because it was discovered by scientists using Google Earth!

Google Maps is fun to use if you know the ins and outs. If you think we missed out on any cool Google Maps facts, feel free to comment and let us know!

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