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March 20, 2007 at 3:32 PM

The $38 billion backup error

This story‘s all over the Web today: An Alaska state technician accidently reformatted a backup drive containing information on the $38 billion oil sales account that pays state residents an annual dividend.

Backup tapes turned out to be unreadable, even after Microsoft and Dell pitched in to help recover the data.

In the end the state had to rescan the original paperwork, which fortunately was still there, stored in 300 cardboard boxes. That cost $200,000 and the snafu will reduce Alaskans’ oil dividend checks by 37 cents apiece.

I wonder if Alaska hired the techician from the King County elections office.

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