Planes can’t land… planes can’t take off…

So I don’t know if anyone has read the news today, but apparently American Air planes couldn’t take off nor land at one point due to an app that pilots apparently use not functioning correctly. Mind baffling.

Apparently the app is called FlightDeck and made by a company called Jeppesen, a child company of Boeing.

A quote roughly describing the functionalities of the app on the official Jeppesen website is as follows:
“Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro is the industry’s first and best data-driven, interactive chart rendering experience for Jeppesen enroute chart data. No matter where you are, you’ll have up-to-date and immediate access to global Airway Manual Terminal procedures and airport diagrams at your fingertips.”

Prior to the creation of apps like this, pilots had to take with them up to roughly around 16kg of paperwork according to an article by the BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32513066.

So, on to my point.
Technology… has its ups and downs to say the least. Surely the pros outweigh the cons greatly, hence why technology keeps on becoming more prominent in our day & age. In fact, we are very lucky to live in such exciting times opposed to having been born 200 years or so ago. BUT, it’s always important to have a contingency plan for when stuff does go wrong.

After looking in to this, we learn that many prominent websites such as eBay, Amazon & so forth have several backup servers. Should their main servers ever be under threat, be it through a a direct attack (such as a DDOS) or due to a technical difficulty, they can always fall back on to one of their back up systems. In fact, this is pretty much standard procedure for the mass majority of large companies – particularly with cloud systems.

Downtime means a significant financial loss for businesses. For example, this weekend my train was delayed by 8 minutes coming down back to the midlands from up north and the train manager let us in on what is supposedly a little ‘fact’:
That apparently for every minute a train is late, they lose £250. Whether this is true or not, I don’t know. But let’s apply this in context of  a company like Amazon that make thousands of sales every minute… can you imagine how much money they’d lose if their site went down for just 60 seconds? Well, apparently roughly $66,240 is that figure!
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyclay/2013/08/19/amazon-com-goes-down-loses-66240-per-minute/

On that note… let’s call it a day. Aaaaaand don’t forget to backup your University work 😉

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Karam has now retired from blogging. Hello everyone! My name is Karam and I'm a second year BSc Computing student here at the University of Leicester. I'm also this year's Computer Science sports secretary and possess a strong love for the beautiful game that is of course football. I can speak English, Arabic, HTML, PHP, SQL, VB.NET & Java…

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