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Computing calamities : lessons learned from products, projects, and companies that failed
Glass, Robert L., 1932-
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Publication Information:
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, [1999]

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xiv, 302 pages ; 23 cm
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HD9696.2.U62 G55 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Presents 30 of the worst computer-industry failures of all time - and shows how you can prevent disaster from happening to you. This book is organized into six short sections, each featuring a collection of articles relating to a particular type of computer-industry disaster.

Author Notes

Robert Glass is an author and consultant on software quality issues who has written more than 10 books on the topic. He owns his own company, Computing Trends, and writes a column on software Engineering for ACM Communications Magazine. He is also author of Software Runaways: Lessons Learned from Massive Software Project Failures.

Table of Contents

Super bloopers from the world of high technology!
The current buzz about the Millennium
Bug is just the latest in a long line of "gotchas" that have plagued the computer industry since its beginning
Many great advances in technology have resulted from risky experimentation, but it's critical to remember and study the spectacular failures that also resulted from some of those risks
Failures can be mundane, like the typical complaints of software projects that are behind schedule and over budget, while others can be much more extravagant
In Computing Calamities, Robert L. Glass has collected war stories from around the industry, including: The brilliant engineers whose software allowed viewers to play along with TV game shows, if only they could find a cable system that would support the bandwidth
Supercomputing budgets that collapsed along with the Soviet Union, as Cold War funding dried up
A French company that stole an American company's product design, then sued the American company for copying them
The management team that put a former clothing manufacturer in charge of the inventors of Pong, nearly bankrupting a company that had held 80% of its market
The "improved" HMO database that could reject 1,000 claims if one Social Security number was entered in the wrong field
Laugh at these mistakes, and learn from them. Someone else's failure could be the foundation of your success.