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Install once, fail twice: A tale of shoddy upgrade

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

How to crash the data center with one word

How to crash the data center with one word

A single word on a simple button does not mean what an admin thinks it means during what should be a routine weekend job

8 feel-good tales of life in IT

8 feel-good tales of life in IT

A techie's life isn't all needy users, clueless execs, and balky machines. At times you can enjoy and give thanks for a job well done

Admins and developers: Two teams separated by a common language

Admins and developers: Two teams separated by a common language

The admins and developers agree on a plan for a security fix, but in the ensuing fiasco, realize they weren't on the same page at all

All clues point to fraud o'clock at the steel mill

All clues point to fraud o'clock at the steel mill

A fledgling programmer tracks down the answer to a nagging question, to the old guard's displeasure

3 terrible tales from the tech cleanup crew

3 terrible tales from the tech cleanup crew

Turnabout is fair play as a veteran techie shares stories of slackers, liars, and amateurs in IT

A bad contract comes back to haunt the team

A bad contract comes back to haunt the team

A tough negotiation over a software contract stretches over months, but the drama extends after the ink is dry

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