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Pompous professor swallows placebo PC

Client or grifter? The free work stops now

Client or grifter? The free work stops now

For far too long, a sneaky customer scams his way through the system to procure free work from unsuspecting developers

How to get ahead in IT: Always agree with the boss

How to get ahead in IT: Always agree with the boss

The formula is simple at one company: Nod your head and keep your job -- but keeping your dignity is another matter

Sure, change providers -- but please let IT know

Sure, change providers -- but please let IT know

When the phones go down at a remote office, IT comes to the rescue, only to discover the shoddy habits of the local team

Caution: Sleazy client on rampage

Caution: Sleazy client on rampage

One client pushes the limits on accounting and treatment of employees -- but gets busted on something else

What to do when IT is broken -- and management doesn't care

What to do when IT is broken -- and management doesn't care

An IT pro tackles deep system issues at one company -- then realizes the worst problems are skin deep

Impossible deadline? Stupid contract? Time to bail

From the get-go the project was problematic, and after a while, it wasn't worth the hassles

Dude, you’re blocking my Internet

A faulty satellite Internet connection is traced to a basic obstruction, which all but the vendor's technician overlooked

Good-bye and good riddance: The gift of getting fired

Good-bye and good riddance: The gift of getting fired

A techie runs the gauntlet with a distant, demanding boss -- and comes out the winner after the ordeal

Install once, fail twice: A tale of shoddy upgrade

Install once, fail twice: A tale of shoddy upgrade

Two is the unlucky number for one company where an Internet upgrade starts off wrong, then bites back later

Data spot check: Oh no, could it all be wrong?

Data spot check: Oh no, could it all be wrong?

A techie stumbles upon the perfect storm of a cranky system and dubious data -- and the troubling results of their union

A survivor's guide to IT job searches

A survivor's guide to IT job searches

One tech pro navigates a maze of tests, interviews, and recruiters in search of gainful employment

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