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

02/25/15

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

02/11/15

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

02/04/15

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

01/28/15

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

01/21/15

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

01/14/15

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

01/07/15

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

12/24/14

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

12/10/14

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

12/03/14

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

11/26/14

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

11/19/14

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

11/12/14

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

11/05/14

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

10/29/14

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

10/22/14

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

10/15/14

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

10/01/14

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

09/24/14

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

09/17/14

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