Data centers of the damned

This haunting season, it's time to revisit the horrors of IT, from hair-raising tech environments to ghoulish managers

It's that time of year again: Halloween, with its accompanying frights. Unfortunately, hair-raising tech environments live on all year round when execs pinch pennies or simply choose not to maintain the standards necessary to keep computers running and data flowing.

Off the Record writers have lived and worked in these haunted houses, where the technological equipment is threatened by leaky roofs, contamination, and poor ventilation.

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Managers who don't recognize the issues further magnify the problem, and their inaction often sends the tech pro to find another position -- but not without first providing a story of how bad the job can become.

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