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Stories that document the ill-fated attempts of IT to fix something, but things go horribly, horribly wrong.

A Man Named Henry

I met a guy named Henry while I was working today. I was 1/3 techs onsite (It was a Polo Ralph Lauren store), Henry was one of them. He's semi-bald, in his 40's, and he's pretty rad. We upgraded their server system and replaced...

Improvised Hard Drive Mount [pic]

Really? I unwrap most thing prior to use.via:

Wired presents: 7 Videos Of A Sysadmin’s Worst Nightmares

Found this some time ago... via Wired.com.I have to say, these are definitely the stuff of nightmares as a sysadmin - heck, we had water dripping on a few servers a couple years back, and THAT was disastrous enough![youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK4iS7d2AyU][youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lhlhj-_7Rrc][youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBENKXrxJZI][youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M_QTBENR1Q][youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSy1wTzWdxk] via:

“No joke.”

So one year ago I was working off-site phone-based tech support for a very large pharmaceutical company; mostly email issues, VPN stuff, "...my printer needs ink." Anyway, last April Fools Day I got a call from a user saying there was a problem with their...

I think your friend is a troll. Just sayin.

An oldie, but since it's never been posted here...I give you more from the "Round peg, square hole" files...via:

Go Daddy gets owned: your inbox not as full as a result

Go Daddy, the ubiquitous online hosting and registration service got owned today by a person named @AnonymousOwn3r - note that there seems to be some contention whether this person is really a part of Anonymous or not.In any case, AnonymousOwn3r has not made it...

Buy this guy a beer -or- How to anger a local “computer fixit” shop

(edited) - RobI was at a restaurant, and while waiting for a table, I decided to check out the computer store located next to it.  While in the store, I was messing around on an Acer Iconia 6120 (neat, but not very practical) demo...

Surely your outage has nothing to do with you unplugging equipment you don’t understand…

First off I will say that I work for a very large retail corporation who makes billions annually and has a very large IT department but only a handful work on the actual Network side of things. I'm in the Network category, all 25...

Your mailbox runneth over

The college runs a Remedy helpdesk solution. One of the deans had a problem with her computer, they created a ticket, and of course Remedy sent a copy of the ticket to her. The problem was that she had set up the out-of-office assistant...