It has been an interesting year for technology failures, and part of the reason (I believe, anyway) is that technology is now considered important enough to get the media coverage to make it news. Five years ago, it was not something that was noticed, and now it is.
It's always interesting for me to go back and see what sort of things happened this year, and see what sort of stories were big. For example, you may have heard a lot of hype about a virus called Conficker (around April Fool's Day 2009). This was supposed to be a big virus, but no major destruction and doom ever materialized.
Also, who can forget the Sidekick crash in October, where many users lost personal data - ALL of it. Some users were able to recover it, but many were not. This was one of those things that I don't understand. This is why backups are so important, and I don't see how companies lose data these days.
Anyway, here's the article from CNN:
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