Many Off the Record stories illustrate the bizarre results of working with those who are inept in one way or another, be it unprofessional behavior or a stubborn belief in one's own (in)abilities. And the ways in which these acts are brought to light are often the makings for a comedy of errors. Take, for instance, cabling snafus. When done right, cabling remains virtually unnoticed. But when done wrong, it can reveal a host of problems, from vendors' sloppy work to internal problems with IT managers.
Here are stories from the Off the Record archives about bungled cabling jobs and the slipshod actions that either caused or intensified the problems. If you have your own crazy IT story to share, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run it here.
- "When bargain cabling is no bargain." An IT story about a potent mix of bad cabling, an IT boss who doesn't listen to sound advice from the network admins, and money down the tubes for a "network assessment."
- As one company expanded, so did the cabling nightmares -- due to a lazy cable installer and a don't-meddle-if-it-kinda-works manager's attitude.
- As the story "Cleaning up after a networking vendor's bad behavior" shows, there are advantages to being in the right place, at the right time, with the right level of professionalism.
This story, "Cabling snafus, sloppy work, and stubborn IT bosses," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more crazy-but-true stories in the anonymous Off the Record blog at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.