Data Science Journal http://www.datasciencejournal.org Looking at data in the simplest manner. Sat, 20 May 2017 18:29:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Getting The Best From Carbonite http://www.datasciencejournal.org/getting-the-best-from-carbonite/ http://www.datasciencejournal.org/getting-the-best-from-carbonite/#respond Thu, 10 Dec 2015 06:50:36 +0000 http://www.datasciencejournal.org/?p=57 CarboniteOddly, this happened to me yesterday.   I thoughtfully wrote an article about the police in my city, when bang the power went out and my computer shut down. I sent a flurry of curse words into the air. Then I remembered, I had invested in Carbonite. I sighed with relief, knowing that my lost file was available to me. I simply had to re-download it to my computer. Phew, what a relief.

I know you can related to this, additionally, there are worse issues that can happen to your computer rendering it useless. It is a fantastic statistic that millions of hard drives crash every year. And oddly, we carry auto insurance, life insurance and all kinds of methods to evade tragedy in our lives, yet the one thing that we use on a consistent basis we don’t provide any type of coverage for. Imagine for a moment, that your hard drive crashes; it cannot be recovered and everything you have on it in is gone. Forever. I don’t know about you, but as a freelance writer, I spend my entire day sitting in front of my laptop. If it …

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CarboniteOddly, this happened to me yesterday.   I thoughtfully wrote an article about the police in my city, when bang the power went out and my computer shut down. I sent a flurry of curse words into the air. Then I remembered, I had invested in Carbonite. I sighed with relief, knowing that my lost file was available to me. I simply had to re-download it to my computer. Phew, what a relief.

I know you can related to this, additionally, there are worse issues that can happen to your computer rendering it useless. It is a fantastic statistic that millions of hard drives crash every year. And oddly, we carry auto insurance, life insurance and all kinds of methods to evade tragedy in our lives, yet the one thing that we use on a consistent basis we don’t provide any type of coverage for. Imagine for a moment, that your hard drive crashes; it cannot be recovered and everything you have on it in is gone. Forever. I don’t know about you, but as a freelance writer, I spend my entire day sitting in front of my laptop. If it were to crash, or break for whatever reason, it could cost me a valuable contract, business relationship, time and money.

Carbonite is a well-established company that provides an online computer backup service, with some pretty cool benefits. First of all, the big reason we don’t cover our computers, I believe is the cost. Carbonite is very inexpensive for the service they provide, it is a mere $59.99 per year. That is only $4.99 a month, the cost of a cup of coffee.

Secondly, we don’t protect our computers because we think, “Eh it won’t happen to me.” Well, sadly, it will, I promise you. So why wait any longer? The average cost to have a professional recover your hard drive is about $1000. In addition to your lost time and production while you wait to learn if it will even work. It can happen by a simple spill of your beverage, or a natural disaster.

Carbonite also offers business plans as well. There is a startling statistic, if a company has a system wide crash and they are unable to fix it within 7 days, the company will go out of business within 6 months. That is more than enough reason for you to take action to avoid a computer disaster. This review agrees.

How it works. You download Carbonite to your computer, it runs seamlessly in the background while you’re online. It systematically backs up your files based on a set time frame, or as the files change. It is so easy, after the initial set up, you don’t have to do a thing.

As a part of your subscription they also offer unlimited cloud storage. You can back up your files without worrying about running out of space. Your files are encrypted and taken to one of Carbonite’s state of that art facilities that is safe from computer glitches or hurricanes and everything in between.

They offer a mobile app that allows you to sync, access and share all of your files with all your mobile devices. And because your files are a part of the cloud, they are available to you 24/7. In the event a catastrophe strikes, regardless if it is a simple spill, or a natural disaster, you can feel comfortable knowing that with a few clicks of the mouse, all your files can be restored.

Carbonite also has U.S. based customer support specialists on hand via phone, email or chat if you need help restoring your files. It is easy to set up initially, and once it is running, you no longer need to think about it. You can also back up your external hard drives and create a mirror image of your computer in the event you need to restore more than just your files.

Carbonite is an awesome service that is simple and easy to use, they offer a 15 day trial period to ensure you are happy with the service. What are you waiting for?

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A Sharp Corporate Information Strategy Makes For Pure Success http://www.datasciencejournal.org/a-sharp-corporate-information-strategy-makes-for-pure-success/ http://www.datasciencejournal.org/a-sharp-corporate-information-strategy-makes-for-pure-success/#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:20:43 +0000 http://www.datasciencejournal.org/?p=46 A successful corporate information strategy requires sufficient vision to identify the opportunities that can be achieved through more effective use of information. Management requires a clear vision of where the company is going and how it’s going to get there.

For example, how can information be used to gain a competitive advantage, support key decision makers, integrate all functions of the organization, and link the organization with external customers and suppliers?

The primary initiator of strategic systems is the chief information officer, or CIO.

The CIO should combine an excellent understanding of business and competition with a gut feeling for technology and what can be made to work.

The CIO should initiate the analysis of strategic systems opportunities and, in general, develop the strategic systems vision. He should help other planners and executives to think in strategic systems terms.

Model of the Future

A model of future technology and strategic opportunities should be maintained by the staff of the CIO and should be added to when new ideas arise.

The model will grow more comprehensive as it is successively updated, and periodic planning sessions should use it to examine the …

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A successful corporate information strategy requires sufficient vision to identify the opportunities that can be achieved through more effective use of information. Management requires a clear vision of where the company is going and how it’s going to get there.

For example, how can information be used to gain a competitive advantage, support key decision makers, integrate all functions of the organization, and link the organization with external customers and suppliers?

The primary initiator of strategic systems is the chief information officer, or CIO.

The CIO should combine an excellent understanding of business and competition with a gut feeling for technology and what can be made to work.

The CIO should initiate the analysis of strategic systems opportunities and, in general, develop the strategic systems vision. He should help other planners and executives to think in strategic systems terms.

Model of the Future

A model of future technology and strategic opportunities should be maintained by the staff of the CIO and should be added to when new ideas arise.

The model will grow more comprehensive as it is successively updated, and periodic planning sessions should use it to examine the …

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Do Not Jump Into Hard Drive Recovery Mode http://www.datasciencejournal.org/do-not-jump-into-hard-drive-recovery-mode/ http://www.datasciencejournal.org/do-not-jump-into-hard-drive-recovery-mode/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:30:00 +0000 http://www.datasciencejournal.org/?p=48 Hard drives like this fail all of the time.

Hard drives like this fail all of the time.

Many concerns fall on just how you can tell if your hard drive is failing, or not. The fear of having to consider hard drive recovery does not always have to be in the back of your mind. Often times that is not even the issue, it is actually user error.

One of the most common is when a computer is no longer seeing the hard drive. Even if there is another physical drive on the computer, it may not show up. That does not mean that your hard drive is failing. My first instructions are to go to the disk management area on their system through the path of computer management. By doing this it will show all of the storage devices on the system.

If you see the drive then all you need to do is uninstall and reinstall it. Now, if you do not see the drive, then there are a few more techniques to check before consulting a HDD recovery expert. And mind you that when I say expert, I mean a certified and reputable individual …

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Hard drives like this fail all of the time.

Hard drives like this fail all of the time.

Many concerns fall on just how you can tell if your hard drive is failing, or not. The fear of having to consider hard drive recovery does not always have to be in the back of your mind. Often times that is not even the issue, it is actually user error.

One of the most common is when a computer is no longer seeing the hard drive. Even if there is another physical drive on the computer, it may not show up. That does not mean that your hard drive is failing. My first instructions are to go to the disk management area on their system through the path of computer management. By doing this it will show all of the storage devices on the system.

If you see the drive then all you need to do is uninstall and reinstall it. Now, if you do not see the drive, then there are a few more techniques to check before consulting a HDD recovery expert. And mind you that when I say expert, I mean a certified and reputable individual …

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When PostScript Was A Baby http://www.datasciencejournal.org/when-postscript-was-a-baby/ http://www.datasciencejournal.org/when-postscript-was-a-baby/#respond Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:18:19 +0000 http://www.datasciencejournal.org/?p=44 What do you do if you are a small company launching a technically obscure product against formidable competition?

You take a page out of the Microsoft Corp. playbook and declare your product a standard the day you announce it.

Which is exactly what Adobe Systems Inc. has done in announcing Display PostScript (DPS), an extension to its page-description language for writing graphics to a screen instead of to a printer.

DPS was first announced in September 1987 by Adobe and NeXT Inc., who jointly developed the graphics-imaging software. Digital Equipment Corp. signed on to incorporate DPS in its DEC Windows product in January of this year. But things didn’t really start heating up until the NeXT computer was announced in October.

DPS, as demonstrated in the NextStep interface, coupled with the announcement of IBM’s licensing of DPS for its AIX Unix operating system, suddenly made DPS a hot technology and Adobe a company to watch.

DPS is an implementation of the PostScript language for interactive graphics displays. NextStep will not be shipped until sometime next year, and it is unclear how IBM and Digital will implement DPS on their Unix …

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What do you do if you are a small company launching a technically obscure product against formidable competition?

You take a page out of the Microsoft Corp. playbook and declare your product a standard the day you announce it.

Which is exactly what Adobe Systems Inc. has done in announcing Display PostScript (DPS), an extension to its page-description language for writing graphics to a screen instead of to a printer.

DPS was first announced in September 1987 by Adobe and NeXT Inc., who jointly developed the graphics-imaging software. Digital Equipment Corp. signed on to incorporate DPS in its DEC Windows product in January of this year. But things didn’t really start heating up until the NeXT computer was announced in October.

DPS, as demonstrated in the NextStep interface, coupled with the announcement of IBM’s licensing of DPS for its AIX Unix operating system, suddenly made DPS a hot technology and Adobe a company to watch.

DPS is an implementation of the PostScript language for interactive graphics displays. NextStep will not be shipped until sometime next year, and it is unclear how IBM and Digital will implement DPS on their Unix …

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Novell: Not An Olympic Champion http://www.datasciencejournal.org/novell-not-an-olympic-champion/ http://www.datasciencejournal.org/novell-not-an-olympic-champion/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 04:10:43 +0000 http://www.datasciencejournal.org/?p=39 novellNBC’s installation of Novell products as the mainline of its network for the coverage of the Summer Olympic Games was fraught with lackluster communications products, poor technical support and snags in multivendor communications, according to the systems integrator responsible for setting up the network.

As a result, the systems integrator, Nesbit Systems Inc., had to scramble to come up with alternative connections — in some cases replacing Novell Inc. products with 3Com Corp. hardware — to ensure the network delivered what it was designed to do: provide NBC’s on-site staff in Seoul, South Korea, with access to a research database on a local minicomputer and remote ties to systems in New York and Minneapolis.

The snafus caused Nesbit Systems to spend 50 percent more time on the project than planned. And, because a fixed price had been charged for the entire project, the company swallowed an estimated loss of $50,000 to $75,000, said Ken Michielsen, vice president of the Princeton, N.J., integration company.

While the System Fault Tolerant (SFT) NetWare operating system performed without a hitch, Novell’s communications products performed poorly and were bug-ridden to boot, said Irene Nesbit, president …

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novellNBC’s installation of Novell products as the mainline of its network for the coverage of the Summer Olympic Games was fraught with lackluster communications products, poor technical support and snags in multivendor communications, according to the systems integrator responsible for setting up the network.

As a result, the systems integrator, Nesbit Systems Inc., had to scramble to come up with alternative connections — in some cases replacing Novell Inc. products with 3Com Corp. hardware — to ensure the network delivered what it was designed to do: provide NBC’s on-site staff in Seoul, South Korea, with access to a research database on a local minicomputer and remote ties to systems in New York and Minneapolis.

The snafus caused Nesbit Systems to spend 50 percent more time on the project than planned. And, because a fixed price had been charged for the entire project, the company swallowed an estimated loss of $50,000 to $75,000, said Ken Michielsen, vice president of the Princeton, N.J., integration company.

While the System Fault Tolerant (SFT) NetWare operating system performed without a hitch, Novell’s communications products performed poorly and were bug-ridden to boot, said Irene Nesbit, president …

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Different Operating Systems Posed Challenges For Pre-Windows Users http://www.datasciencejournal.org/different-operating-systems-posed-challenges-for-pre-windows-users/ http://www.datasciencejournal.org/different-operating-systems-posed-challenges-for-pre-windows-users/#respond Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:07:59 +0000 http://www.datasciencejournal.org/?p=37 Users who have outgrown DOS but are not yet ready to plunge into the OS/2 arena are starting to eye alternative operating systems as immediate solutions to their needs.

The introduction of OS/2 has spawned a breed of users more aware of alternatives to DOS, analysts said. While these users are frustrated by the limitations DOS imposes, they aren’t yet prepared to move to OS/2 and endure the dearth of real business applications.

One such user is Bill Santiago, a corporate director of information systems at a large Midwestern company. The introduction of OS/2, Santiago said, was primarily responsible for his decision to examine the Advanced Pick 386 operating system once it is available from Pick Systems next year.

”I guess I decided I was tired of waiting [for OS/2],” he said. ”Advanced Pick is a lot less expensive than going to OS/2, and I was really attracted to its relational database and multiuser capabilities.”

John Marvin, a corporate information-systems director at another Midwestern company, agreed. ”It would have taken forever for OS/2 applications to arrive, and I was looking for a system to start using now.” Marvin said …

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Users who have outgrown DOS but are not yet ready to plunge into the OS/2 arena are starting to eye alternative operating systems as immediate solutions to their needs.

The introduction of OS/2 has spawned a breed of users more aware of alternatives to DOS, analysts said. While these users are frustrated by the limitations DOS imposes, they aren’t yet prepared to move to OS/2 and endure the dearth of real business applications.

One such user is Bill Santiago, a corporate director of information systems at a large Midwestern company. The introduction of OS/2, Santiago said, was primarily responsible for his decision to examine the Advanced Pick 386 operating system once it is available from Pick Systems next year.

”I guess I decided I was tired of waiting [for OS/2],” he said. ”Advanced Pick is a lot less expensive than going to OS/2, and I was really attracted to its relational database and multiuser capabilities.”

John Marvin, a corporate information-systems director at another Midwestern company, agreed. ”It would have taken forever for OS/2 applications to arrive, and I was looking for a system to start using now.” Marvin said …

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ARCnet… How Did We Ever Live Without You? http://www.datasciencejournal.org/arcnet-how-did-we-ever-live-without-you/ http://www.datasciencejournal.org/arcnet-how-did-we-ever-live-without-you/#respond Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:55:29 +0000 http://www.datasciencejournal.org/?p=42 The drive to revamp the ARCnet local area network topology by early next year is running into resistance from loyal users, whose battle cry could be, ”If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

The ARCnet Trade Association (ATA), sponsor of the revamping effort, is seeking to boost the speed of ARCnet from 2.5M bits per second to 20M bps, increase the efficiency of network transmissions and expand the maximum size of ARCnet networks.

The improvements are aimed at strengthening ARCnet’s image as a viable alternative to Token-Ring and Ethernet local area network topologies.

However, some industry observers have said that by redrawing the ARCnet formula, developers may be throwing away the features that attracted users to ARCnet in the first place. The network’s ease of installation, reliability and lower cost are its primary strengths against competing technologies, they said.

”[ARCnet] is like a [Volkswagen] Beetle,” said Paul Nelson, a networking consultant for Venture Development Corp., an industry-analysis firm in Natick, Mass. ”To change would be a mistake,” he said.

The process of making ARCnet faster and more efficient will probably make it 50 percent more expensive as well, ATA President …

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The drive to revamp the ARCnet local area network topology by early next year is running into resistance from loyal users, whose battle cry could be, ”If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

The ARCnet Trade Association (ATA), sponsor of the revamping effort, is seeking to boost the speed of ARCnet from 2.5M bits per second to 20M bps, increase the efficiency of network transmissions and expand the maximum size of ARCnet networks.

The improvements are aimed at strengthening ARCnet’s image as a viable alternative to Token-Ring and Ethernet local area network topologies.

However, some industry observers have said that by redrawing the ARCnet formula, developers may be throwing away the features that attracted users to ARCnet in the first place. The network’s ease of installation, reliability and lower cost are its primary strengths against competing technologies, they said.

”[ARCnet] is like a [Volkswagen] Beetle,” said Paul Nelson, a networking consultant for Venture Development Corp., an industry-analysis firm in Natick, Mass. ”To change would be a mistake,” he said.

The process of making ARCnet faster and more efficient will probably make it 50 percent more expensive as well, ATA President …

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Sabotage: Not Going Away http://www.datasciencejournal.org/sabotage-not-going-away/ http://www.datasciencejournal.org/sabotage-not-going-away/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:41:32 +0000 http://www.datasciencejournal.org/?p=8 cflWith companies cutting jobs as the economic downturn deepens, the incidence of corporate and organizational sabotage is spiraling. “There is a renewed threat from disgruntled employees in times of economic downturn because more people are angered at losing their jobs,” says Richard Power, editorial director at the CSI. Experts and law enforcers advise users to increase their vigilance in line with the potential threat from disgruntled ex-employees.

In San Francisco and Silicon Valley, mass lay-offs are creating extra casework for the local branch of the Computer Intrusion Squad. Supervisory special agent Peter Trahon says his team of nine agents, the largest of 16 teams located across the US, is fielding up to six cases a day arising from malicious attacks on firms by former employees nursing grievances — only a fraction of which it has the resources to pursue. The team is investigating between eight and 12 cases out of the 60 it has on its books.

Trahon’s squad is called on to probe a wide variety of cases. “Recently, a disgruntled former employee intruded into the network and sent disparaging e-mails about one individual to 50,000 employees across the …

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cflWith companies cutting jobs as the economic downturn deepens, the incidence of corporate and organizational sabotage is spiraling. “There is a renewed threat from disgruntled employees in times of economic downturn because more people are angered at losing their jobs,” says Richard Power, editorial director at the CSI. Experts and law enforcers advise users to increase their vigilance in line with the potential threat from disgruntled ex-employees.

In San Francisco and Silicon Valley, mass lay-offs are creating extra casework for the local branch of the Computer Intrusion Squad. Supervisory special agent Peter Trahon says his team of nine agents, the largest of 16 teams located across the US, is fielding up to six cases a day arising from malicious attacks on firms by former employees nursing grievances — only a fraction of which it has the resources to pursue. The team is investigating between eight and 12 cases out of the 60 it has on its books.

Trahon’s squad is called on to probe a wide variety of cases. “Recently, a disgruntled former employee intruded into the network and sent disparaging e-mails about one individual to 50,000 employees across the …

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Backup Solutions: A Great Call http://www.datasciencejournal.org/backup-solutions-a-great-call/ http://www.datasciencejournal.org/backup-solutions-a-great-call/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 18:47:18 +0000 http://www.datasciencejournal.org/?p=12 bsuIf you want a seamless backup system that requires little effort, check out online backup solutions such as Replica Network Data Manager from Stac Software (www.stac.com) or Connected Network Backup. Connected Network Backup, for example, provides online backup and storage for as little as $20 per month. The beauty of an online solution is, there are no disks to deal with and no programs to initiate, and the backups don’t require your participation. Once subscribed, you have access to unlimited disk space and your data recovery can be done from anywhere, at any time.

DO IT YOURSELF

But no matter how well prepared you are, sticky situations can still arise: a virus could eat your hard drive or a disgruntled employee could delete financial files. In these types of cases, you’ll need a data-recovery software program, such as PowerQuest’s Lost & Found or Ontrack’s EasyRecovery (www. ontrack.com). At less than $100 each, both do-it-yourself data-recovery programs are affordable options (compared to the thousands of dollars you might pay an expert for data recovery).

Lost & Found is an off-the-shelf software utility that PowerQuest claims can recover almost any lost or …

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bsuIf you want a seamless backup system that requires little effort, check out online backup solutions such as Replica Network Data Manager from Stac Software (www.stac.com) or Connected Network Backup. Connected Network Backup, for example, provides online backup and storage for as little as $20 per month. The beauty of an online solution is, there are no disks to deal with and no programs to initiate, and the backups don’t require your participation. Once subscribed, you have access to unlimited disk space and your data recovery can be done from anywhere, at any time.

DO IT YOURSELF

But no matter how well prepared you are, sticky situations can still arise: a virus could eat your hard drive or a disgruntled employee could delete financial files. In these types of cases, you’ll need a data-recovery software program, such as PowerQuest’s Lost & Found or Ontrack’s EasyRecovery (www. ontrack.com). At less than $100 each, both do-it-yourself data-recovery programs are affordable options (compared to the thousands of dollars you might pay an expert for data recovery).

Lost & Found is an off-the-shelf software utility that PowerQuest claims can recover almost any lost or …

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Stay Vigilant With Viruses http://www.datasciencejournal.org/stay-vigilant-with-viruses/ http://www.datasciencejournal.org/stay-vigilant-with-viruses/#comments Sun, 11 May 2014 18:32:55 +0000 http://www.datasciencejournal.org/?p=6 nsFifty-one per cent of companies surveyed had at least one virus outbreak in 2000. Seventy per cent using firewalls are still vulnerable to the threats they were designed to address.

Have you experienced any of these symptoms lately? Display of an unusual message, missing files, a file whose size has increased significantly, a slower computer, a sudden lack of disk space, an inability to access your hard disk? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, chances are you’ve been infected with a computer virus. And you’ve got plenty of company.

According to a recent study Ipsos-Reid study, The Canadian Inter@ctive Reid Report, 46 per cent of the country’s Internet users reported they have experienced a computer virus. Of those who have been infected, 39 per cent said they were forced to get their computer repaired as a result of damage.

Another study, Is IT Safe? Network Security In Canada, by IDC Canada noted that most respondents identified computer viruses as the greatest security threat.

Finally, according ICSA Labs of TruSecure Corp. in Reston, Va., 51 per cent of companies surveyed had at least one outbreak in 2000. It …

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nsFifty-one per cent of companies surveyed had at least one virus outbreak in 2000. Seventy per cent using firewalls are still vulnerable to the threats they were designed to address.

Have you experienced any of these symptoms lately? Display of an unusual message, missing files, a file whose size has increased significantly, a slower computer, a sudden lack of disk space, an inability to access your hard disk? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, chances are you’ve been infected with a computer virus. And you’ve got plenty of company.

According to a recent study Ipsos-Reid study, The Canadian Inter@ctive Reid Report, 46 per cent of the country’s Internet users reported they have experienced a computer virus. Of those who have been infected, 39 per cent said they were forced to get their computer repaired as a result of damage.

Another study, Is IT Safe? Network Security In Canada, by IDC Canada noted that most respondents identified computer viruses as the greatest security threat.

Finally, according ICSA Labs of TruSecure Corp. in Reston, Va., 51 per cent of companies surveyed had at least one outbreak in 2000. It …

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