It may be summer, but the daily grind of tech work does not let up. Fortunately, that same daily routine often makes for entertaining tech tales.
If you want to escape the demands of the workplace, even if only in your mind, check out these stories from InfoWorld's Off the Record -- cool drink and lounge chair optional. Included are tech tales of workplace follies, pompous managers brought down a peg, humorous misunderstandings, and illicit office affairs.
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- Just to prove to The Suits that the server had its own circuit breaker, the senior network administrator went ahead and, well, broke it. It's time to rethink the philosophy of "we don't need no stinkin' UPS."
- In the midst of the Windows server migration that wouldn't go away, a tech pro discovers that the devil is in the details when dealing with a massive data center consolidation.
- The tech pros research the instant messenger database to see why it's corrupted -- and the DBAs break out in a full blush when they find out more about their coworkers' office activities than they'd bargained for.
- When an executive resists a request to hand over his laptop to computer jail, the IT staffer is reminded why user education can never be emphasized enough.
- The chief of police may know how to work a beat, but he stirs up trouble in homicide and among the network detectives when he hires a so-called expert to join the in-house IT department.