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

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...

A bridge too far

Republished with permission from The Daily WTF: “We’ve invested quite a bit of money in our new network,” the bureaucrat said. His desk was tiny and so cheap that it sagged under the weight of the CRT and tower resting on it. “That’s why it’s...

User Hardware: Barf Worthy Mouse [pic]

Reddit and lunch time don't mix. via:

Oh hey, on your way out, can I have the root password please?

This story takes place while I was a consultant working for a firm out of Texas. For this gig I was sent to a training facility to be their SysAdmin. I arrive on site at the correct time, and am let into the building. The...

You underestimate the power of pissed off Union workers

About 12 years ago I worked for a shipping company as sysadmin.  As such, it was my responsibility to make suggestions on how to protect, improve, etc. all IT equipment. We were coming up on labor union contract talks and I had given the C-level...

Puke worthy

Those are bottle of urine, can you imagine the smell of that room. via:

The touch of death

I work in a medical facility where we run a few procedure rooms for operations, etc.  The PCs in the room are outfitted with a large 40" medical grade LCD screen for viewing high-resolution diagnostic images and/or X-Rays. At the time of this story, the...

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:

Almost as bad as Symantec