The movie technology IT departments would hate

Computers can do lots of things in films and TV shows that go against real life. Here are ten such occurrences most would hope would stay in the land of fiction...

This is scarily close to the truth, sadly. Head along to any trade show, and type the word password' into a seemingly locked terminal on a stand, and you might be surprised at just how far you get.

Nonetheless, even when that doesn't work, the entertainment industry has better ideas. For you generally get the scene where the protagonist has to try and hack a machine, and does so by popping together a few names of relatives and such like. Three attempts tends to be the norm, although there's no firm upper limit.

E-mails with massive attachments

This, clearly, is something that shouldn't be encouraged. Capable of dragging any server to a halt in double quick time, the movies would nonetheless have you believe you can upload pretty much any length of clip in glorious high definition quality to an e-mail.

Never mind the fact that any spam filter worth its salt would have a word, this flies in the face of the terrible animated jokes that tend to form the bulk of video-driven e-mails into people's mailboxes.

Start thermonuclear war

This, to be clear, would be a bad thing. Fortunately, since we were warned about this in WarGames back in the 80s, the lessons have been heeded. Not employing Matthew Broderick is a good idea for future reference.

Computers that beep all the time

Oh heck, find us an office that this wouldn't drive to insanity. The help desk support calls would be off the chart. You must have seen it: the vast majority of computers in the entertainment industry are the type where every key tap elicits a little noise. Every single one. Headphones would, clearly, be a compulsory part of the IT procurement budget.

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