When the bug in the system is actually a person

February 02, 2011
A rookie programmer's purchasing order system works perfectly -- until the new corporate managers start laying off employees
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We're paying the contractor for what?

January 26, 2011
Business managers call in a tech contractor to deliver and maintain an application, but it soon becomes obvious that the contractor is not that experienced after all
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Tech team to salesman: Persistence isn't always a virtue

January 19, 2011
The fifth time is not the charm as two unfortunate techies get drawn into an overly aggressive ERP sales pitch
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Myths of the workplace: Job security and company loyalty

January 12, 2011
A tech pro learns -- the hard way -- the true worth of on-the-job experience and knowledge
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A tech plan comes together

January 05, 2011
Two teams are tasked with rolling out new Windows machines to end-users -- with radically different results
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An IT contractor discovers too much company information

December 22, 2010
Just days into a short-term contracting job, a techie unearths a surprising security risk -- and exposes the network admin's misplaced priorities
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IT contracting 101: Get it in writing

December 15, 2010
A tech who gets laid off during recessionary cutbacks is asked to come back to finish an app dev project, only to get burned again
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Remembering your worth as an IT professional

December 08, 2010
An IT pro learns just how little tech skills were valued at a former company
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Don't underestimate tech experience

December 01, 2010
A tech newbie learns that having all the 'right' certifications doesn't mean you know everything
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Memorable tech troubles from ghosts of holidays past

November 24, 2010
Stories from the Off the Record archives show why this time of year can be memorable -- for all the wrong reasons
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