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Who is Anonymous? It's you, the IT pro, who shares true experiences from the job. Since 2005, the many Anonymous writers have entertained and commiserated with peers through stories of personal blunders, coping with poor managers, trying to communicate with users, and resolving tech problems. Submit your story, and if we publish it in the Off the Record blog we'll send you a $50 American Express gift cheque -- and, of course, keep you Anonymous. (Note that by submitting a story to InfoWorld, you give InfoWorld Media Group, its affiliates, and licensees the right to republish this material in any medium in any language. You retain the copyright to your work and may also publish it without restriction.)

The boss asks for overtime without pay? That's leadership!

Spills and misunderstandings: The mystery of the help desk ticket

Spills and misunderstandings: The mystery of the help desk ticket

Troubleshooting user problems is always an adventure, and tech pros never know what they're going to get

Punch it! A hole opens up in a deployment plan

Punch it! A hole opens up in a deployment plan

A company's plan to implement RFID cards checks out perfectly back at HQ, but onsite, an unexpected hiccup arises

A bad manager's tricks: Mind games and manipulation

A bad manager's tricks: Mind games and manipulation

A control freak reigns over employees by withholding valuable information and making ridiculous demands

Hush! Call that bug 'severe' at your own risk

Hush! Call that bug 'severe' at your own risk

After an acquisition, the new management team does all it can to play down and whitewash security events

Tennis pro turned techie? Too good to be true

Tennis pro turned techie? Too good to be true

A scam artist leaves behind a mess of faulty machines, blatant lies, and a broken network at an unlucky business

Mean, rude, and angry: Tales of the toxic office

Mean, rude, and angry: Tales of the toxic office

Beware of the nasty, mean-spirited, or competitive person in the next cubicle who can muck up a tech pro’s job

Tech director 'qualifications'? Know the right exec

Tech director 'qualifications'? Know the right exec

Thanks to an exec's influence, a director of dubious credentials comes on board and makes life miserable for the rest of the employees

Not qualified for the job? Get others to do it for you

Not qualified for the job? Get others to do it for you

When the clues start piling up, a pretty resume can't cover the incompetence of a new employee

Locked out of the server room -- and the key quest begins

Locked out of the server room -- and the key quest begins

The server room door won't open, and the team scrambles to find a way in

Pompous professor swallows placebo PC

Pompous professor swallows placebo PC

A tech pro's people skills are put to the test by a professor who demands more computing power than he knows how to handle

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

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