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Simply Disastrous

Simple fixes or changes can cause completely catastrophic results.

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...

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...

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...

Pro Tip: As an AV company, try not to flag your own software as malware

Sophos had a little issue this week. After a typical update - since AV products update frequently - update, their AV was then detecting various updater agents (like the one that Sophos uses) as malware, called "Shh/Updater-B" and was quarantining or deleting those components, rendering...
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