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Disneyland circa 1970

For those who were born in the 80s and more recently, it’s hard to believe there was a time before the ubiquity of computers in our lives. Yep. Cash registers were all mechanical. Totals were often figured out on the fly in peoples heads. Tickets were torn or punched to indicate prior usage. Pneumatic tubes were the latest and greatest in instant communication. Of course, there was a big advantage to doing things this way, if the power went out you could keep on doing most of what you did anyway.

Today things are a little different as we find out in this post that describes what happens when a computer Worm attacks all the computers at Disneyland at once.

boy was it a mess for the few first hours. the main ticketing network
was down, so everyone’s park ticket had to be scanned in manually. then
should you go and try to get a fastpass when the patched the computers,
wouldn’t work because you didn’t use your ticket for
admission today. Or did you? Lets say then you give up fastpass rides
and want to get something to eat, horribly the POS systems (that also
run on windows 2000) were non operational. Okay, fine then no food. I
guess I’ll go on a ride. Oh wait, since the Cast Deployment System
(known as CDS) runs on windows too, the cast members have absolutely no
idea what they should be doing.

this was an amazing day folks. you should have seen how less crowded
and nice everything was. (no fastpass) it was just magical for the cast
members (who were off early so they could take advantage of the short

It’s pretty scary how vunerable we all are to a couple of script-kiddies with a few years under their belts. But, of course, the computer makers want it that way. It’s planned obsolence. (via)

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