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Break free or be broken: Escape from management hell

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

We didn't nuke your files; we, er, mislaid them

We didn't nuke your files; we, er, mislaid them

A rookie technician snatches salvation from the jaws of destruction, all while running on too little sleep

You don't need tech support ... you need a marriage counselor

You don't need tech support ... you need a marriage counselor

An irate wife staunchly believes porn on the PC is the problem -- when she should be taking a closer look at her marriage

The executive bonus plan: All for us, none for you

The executive bonus plan: All for us, none for you

Employees at one company are doubly disrespected when they discover the fate of their holiday bonuses

You messed up, junior -- now take a break

You messed up, junior -- now take a break

The new kid on the IT team braces for a teachable -- and teasable -- moment when a system reboot goes awry

Danger, danger -- the robot arm has gained sentience!

Danger, danger -- the robot arm has gained sentience!

The day's routine is livened up with a tape silo with a robotic arm, a tool to automate tasks, and a tech staff with a sense of humor

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