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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

Management manifesto: Upgrades for me, pink slips for thee

Management manifesto: Upgrades for me, pink slips for thee

How many ways can management stick it to employees? One company knocks them around with performance reviews and layoffs, then follows up with an extra slap in the face

Bloopers, breakdowns, and bad jobs: The IT chronicles

Bloopers, breakdowns, and bad jobs: The IT chronicles

Who says IT is boring? The last year of on-the-job stories from tech pros would indicate otherwise

Break free or be broken: Escape from management hell

Break free or be broken: Escape from management hell

One by one, the developers slip away at a company where the execs mismanage employees, funds, and customer relationships

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