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A new manager learns the power of no

Life lessons: An intern earns his admin privileges

Life lessons: An intern earns his admin privileges

A techie takes his first steps into the workforce and gains valuable insight into corporate culture

Double-crossed: A decade in IT goes down the drain

Double-crossed: A decade in IT goes down the drain

A loyal, productive techie learns the harsh reality of cutthroat corporate culture at a large company

Execs know best? Not at these companies

Execs know best? Not at these companies

IT expertise is no match for execs' stubbornness and agendas, even under dire circumstances

Stupid wireless mouse trick mesmerizes CFO

Stupid wireless mouse trick mesmerizes CFO

Any day you can prank the CFO is a good day for a techie

Rejected! 3 lies sink tech contenders

Rejected! 3 lies sink tech contenders

In a hot job market, good hires are crucial, but sometimes, a resume can be too good to be true

Hard drive nosedive exposes backup breakdown

Hard drive nosedive exposes backup breakdown

It should've been a simple hard drive swap. Instead, IT must dive into the server’s core for a solution

IT gets a taste of the other side of tech support

IT gets a taste of the other side of tech support

In search of a simple service, a techie is frustrated personally and professionally by bad web work

Hotheaded manager backs tech into a corner

Hotheaded manager backs tech into a corner

A higher-up wants a problem fixed yesterday, and a busy techie has to improvise a quick solution—without alerting upper management

Bad prep puts company’s cash cow out to pasture

Bad prep puts company’s cash cow out to pasture

The looming Y2K deadline forces a company to reckon with its lack of ongoing maintenance

Servers and scars: The perils of shortcuts

Servers and scars: The perils of shortcuts

Haste makes waste, as one techie observes on both a professional and a personal level

Cool-headed techie defuses hot-tempered users

Cool-headed techie defuses hot-tempered users

The first rule of help desk: Chill out when the heated support calls come in. The solutions will roll in soon after

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