Smartphones, lax cyber security, tech company management moves, government IT disasters, and, of course, email all made it to the 10 most-read stories on Fairfax Media's ITPro in 2012.
1. Rude Awakening
In April, Mac users got a rude wake-up call when it was revealed more than 500,000 Apple machines had been infected with a virus. Even Apple couldn’t deny it, releasing an urgent patch to plug at least a dozen security holes in its software.
2. Use a smartphone? You may want to read this
Security threats to mobile phones took a sharp turn in March when two researchers demonstrated how iPhones and Android phones were vulnerable to the same type of "drive-by" attacks that have long plagued PC users.
3. Email after hours? It's overtime by law for some
The backlash against 24-hour connectivity started to gather pace around the world early in January, after Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff approved a new law that determined answering work emails on smartphones after the end of shifts qualified workers for overtime.
4. Aaron's web disaster
In February, a relative newcomer to the worldwide web found himself at the centre of a legal storm when his website was deleted by its web host and his public criticism of the action didn't go down well. The story highlighted the need to keep back-ups, always.
5. Myki cards nearing four-year expiry date
As far as IT blunders go, it was hard to top an expiry date that wasn't meant to exist. But the Transport Ticketing Authority in Victoria tried it, telling commuters they had to travel into town to replace their myki cards as only one railway station office could help.
6. Oops! Email misfire sacks all 1300 staff
In April, Aviva, Britain's then second-biggest insurer by market value, said the company's investment unit had mistakenly sent an email dismissing its entire staff before retracting the message. Worse, it was sent by the human resources department. The email was intended for one single person. Oops indeed.
7. Marissa moves on: Yahoo poaches cupcake-loving Google Exec as next CEO
In July, a story from The New York Times proved readers in Australia were just as interested in what happens at the helm of big tech companies as what happens here, when Yahoo's poaching of Marissa Mayer from Google made huge headlines. The interest continued for months, as readers followed revelations of her $56 million-a-year salary package, her first strategic moves and pregnancy news.
8. Police find upload mogul in $23m mansion's safe room
Kim Dotcom's tale captured the reader's imagination from the moment of his arrest in Coatesville, north of Auckland, New Zealand, to the Megaupload founder's every move and bail application.
9. Amazon lands in Australia
In June, news of Amazon Web Services landing its first cloud service in Australia attracted a lot of attention. The darling of the cloud world's moves downunder only became clearer in November, when the company switched on a full range of services out of Equinix's new SYD3 data centre in Sydney.
10. Hackers breach, deface UTS website
An IT most-read stories list wouldn't be complete without a breach. And so it was that the 10th most-read story on ITPro in 2012 involved hackers breaching servers, spilling user names and passwords, and defacing a website of the University of Technology, Sydney.
Considering the number of high-profile breaches, glitches and stuff-ups the previous year, technologist will be pleased only one such event made it into our Top 10.