Step away from the button! 6 touchy tech disasters

It's all fun and games until you bring down the data center with a stray brush of the hand or flick of the finger
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We can't keep our hands off tech and gizmos. We give in to the urge to see what happens if a button is pushed or naively believe it couldn't hurt anything. Then chaos breaks loose and IT spends hours repairing the damage.

The InfoWorld Off the Record blog is where IT pros share real-life tales from the job. In this collection, rookies and veterans alike are caught up when a flip of the switch brings the harmonious hum of work to a sudden halt.

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