IT training often emphasizes technical control and expertise, and experienced admins learn to anticipate the unexpected. However, even the most seasoned techies are in for surprises, whether as a result of poor tech decision making by decidedly nontechnical top brass, users who ignore basic tech issues, or even strange self-inflicted situations. As frustrating as they may have seemed as they were happening, these quandaries are often hilarious in hindsight.
Here are stories from the Off the Record archives from tech's front lines about the funny, frustrating, or unforeseen anecdotes that crop up from time to time. If you have your own crazy IT story to share, send it to email@example.com and we'll run it here.
- A tech pro finds a way to get users' attention on a training video -- and a lesson in why you should always opt for a demo laptop and account when recording such notices.
- Ah, the heady days of excess cash create an office too gadgety for its own good, when over-the-top technology brings uninvited -- and reluctant -- guests to the board meetings.
- In this IT tale, a support call for a malfunctioning printer reveals the limits of one department's work responsibilities. Apparently, computers aren't part of the job.
- A techie finds out that working in the server room can cause bodily injury -- and a blow to one's ego.
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