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

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...

And here’s the reason why we don’t just hand out admin access

I walked into work one morning and the company receptionist immediately greeted me with "Mornin! Hey the network's down." Unfortunately it wasn't the first time my morning as network manager started that way. I made my way to my office to dump my stuff...

Kind of like a landmine, only the fallout’s more expensive

Republished with permission from our friends at the Daily WTF: He was greeted at reception by Manny, one of the upper-level directors. He got the tour-- reception, sales, call center-- and ended up in the kitchen. Over a free breakfast of free coffee and free...

IT Fail: This is why you don’t mess with Windows logon

Republished with permission from our friends at The Daily WTF: Companies beyond a certain size all follow the same basic pattern. Where possible, everything gets centralized in the global office- email, web servers, Active Directory, etc. They dictate policy and then leave it to the extremeties...

Shocking Experience

Firstly, let me start this submission off by stating that I myself and not an IT person, but do believe this experience is a great IT related WTF moment. I work at a Marriott hotel, where we are updating our internet service to the "fiber...

This just fosters bad behavior…

I was just at a local tech conference, and of course, there were the various vendors from GFI, VMWare, HP, Microsoft, Lenovo, etc. - So, I walk up to the HP table to take a look at the new ultrabook offerings (the commercial grade...

If at first you don’t succeed, FORCE IT.

This morning, I walk into the office to a ticket labeled "Broken Laptop". Clicking it open, it's from a manager that is well known in the IT Department here for being technologically illiterate. And even more so, most of the folks he manages are...

Asking all the right questions

Reprinted with permission from our friends at The Daily WTF: Lawrence’s interview started with Mark, the new MIS manager. A recruiter had hooked them up. The company was a medium sized organization, with four large locations and a few thousand employees. There was an AS/400...
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