The year 2011 has certainly not been easy. Especially in IT, a number of bad things happened. For us, the IT community this caused shock, sadness, stomach ulcers and collective facepalming. Let's recap...
- January: News of critical faults in Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors create a shortage of new servers.
- February: the Arab Spring is in now full motion. We watch in shock and awe grainy internet livestreams from our cozy armchairs while people battle against regimes and military. Multiple disruptions shake the internet while said regimes try to censor networks. Crude oil prices rise more than 20% within two weeks.
- March: Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Fukushima nuclear desaster. Apart from the humanitarian catastrophy, many electronic companies worldwide have to shut down production due to lack of parts.
- March: Paul Baran dies.
- May: Willard Sterling Boyle dies.
- July: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands for the last time, effectively ending the U.S. ability for manned space flight.
- October: The CCC releases detailed information about the "Bundestrojaner" (german governments trojan horse) and how it violates the basic rights of the german constitution.
- October: The major floods in Thailand begin. Many people die or become homeless. All major harddisk producers loose their production plants.
- October: Steve Jobs dies.
- October: Dennis Ritchie dies.
- October: John McCarthy dies. ((the inventor of Lisp)
I don't know about you, but for me 2011 is certainly the low point of this century so far. What do you think?
Anyone have any ideas how we can save this year?
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