"Got amazing or amusing IT tales, lessons learned the hard way, or war stories from the tech trenches? Do you have a crazy-but-true tale about managing IT, developing apps, or supporting users?"
These are the questions we ask to get readers thinking about their personal adventures in IT. We then publish those stories in InfoWorld's Off the Record blog, keeping the writer anonymous. In the Comments section, readers often recall similar incidents and weigh in with further insights.
[ Also on InfoWorld: Read more Off the Record stories in "Tall tales of tech -- that happen to be true." | Send your IT Off the Record story to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we publish it, we'll send you a $50 American Express gift cheque. ]
In July, the collection included a story about how a user's lack of computer knowledge affected the entire company and a series of tales from a university's computer consulting office.
- Need an escape from summer workdays? Here are 12 IT tales from the Off the Record archives, including horror stories of unrealistic bosses, comedic tech situations, and puzzling tech mysteries to solve.
- In the story "User ignorance wreaks havoc on company's computer files," the day's puzzling tech issues are all traced to one user.
- A techie shares experiences from working at a university's computer consulting office in the tale "Real IT consulting with real people."