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Tennis pro turned techie? Too good to be true

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

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

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