Saturday, July 22, 2017
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Stories that document the ill-fated attempts of IT to fix something, but things go horribly, horribly wrong.

Always Getting The Blame

Client: “My site is down. What did you do?” Me: “Well, I haven’t done anything in a while. Can you get to Google.com? Client: “No. Why did you take Google down too?” via:

You Broke The Internet [story]

CLIENT: "… Also, on this page when you click on a link, it breaks the web" ME: “Sorry, which part does it break?" CLIENT: “It breaks the WHOLE WEB!" ME: “Do you mean it breaks that page, or the whole website shows an error page?" CLIENT: “No, I...

Lessons in backup (RAID failure) – never underestimate the cost of data loss

Client (I'll call then AirStuff) had around forty employees and does design and fabriaction of air handling systems. They have four "beige box" servers, each with a minimum of four 160GB SATA drives in a RAID5 array. All told in 2007 they had around...

Answer A Couple Questions For Me

I was at a party when a client’s business partner approached me.  Client: Hey, tells me you could answer a computer question for me. Me: Depends. What’s the question? Client: My computer stopped working the other day. The light comes on but nothing happens. Me: Well, it’s hard to say what might be...

Bad start to the day for any server admin [pic]

  The only time I remember seeing something like this was when I was setting up a disk array and the drives were still initializing (or were not yet configured).  This?  This is not good.  My thoughts go out to you and your colon... via:

Do you sign a contract for free work? Always answer “YES”

From our friends at Clients from Hell: A friend of mine asked if I could help out with a shoot for an acquaintance who was starting up a new company. After a lot of begging from my friend, I eventually said I’d do the shoot...

Cable subcontractor installing your Internet service? Expect this.

Sadly, this is not surprising to me at all. Reddit caption: "This is how our cable provider set up our modem" This practice needs to stop. via:

I think you’ve missed an important detail [CPU Gore]

  Seems staged, but hey...if you've been a reader here for long, you know you have seen stranger things... via:
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