Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Horror Stories

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

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...

Can I ask You A Computer Question? [story]

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:

Lessons in IT: When IT pros go bad

#1: Tell someone else who knows what they're doing before you fire someone who can damage the company.A former job, right before I was hired the previous IT manager did a little sabotage after leaving (They think he was looking for contract work, but...

Merry Christmas from Amazon.com

That's a Geforce GTX 570 right there, which at the time of this writing, retails for around $340.00 on Amazon.This was purchased via Amazon, but I can't tell if it was sent by an Amazon partner... I've personally never seen Amazon ship anything without...

Pranks have little room in IT

Hmmm ... had to be back in my programming days when I would receive data tapes (from hospitals) and had to offload all the data onto a CD Jukebox device, which was "bleeding edge" tech @ that time (another story).I was trying to download...