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Horror Stories

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

Too Many Bugs In This System [pic]

Random thought...I just had flashbacks to playing this game when I was young on our Tandy 1000...:via:

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...

“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...

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...

IT Horror Stories: Scumbag Programmers

I was the first female PC programmer in 1985 using dBase III. I was assigned the task of changing a menu option in a customized dBase program. The previous programmer left the company. There was no documentation either in paper or in the program....

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:

Garbage Pail Peripherals: Cannot Be Unseen… [pic]

Nothing can prepare you for the horror...what the heck is that?!  Ear-wax?!via:

SELECT* from expletives WHERE soul_destroying = ‘true’

From the Daily WTF: Jeroen's colleague had the misfortune of being assigned to debug an intermittent, unspecified error in the one of the oldest of the legacy applications. "The good news is that I've isolated it to a database query," he told Jeroen, "the bad...

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...

Drill baby, drill

Sorry, couldn't resist the pun ;)We sent two techs to a new remote office location to install the phone system/networking gear. When they were trying to hang the rack on the wall in the closet, the stud finder just kept going crazy.So they drilled...