Projects and upgrades
It's human nature to want to improve things and to tinker. That trait has served us well to some extent -- we have inventions ranging from the wheel to mobile devices, after all. But the drawbacks? Sometimes enough is enough. Other times one person's idea of perfection and how to achieve it collides with another's. Alternately, the complexities of technology can make it hard to cross all the t's and dot all the i's.
- A rookie programmer's purchasing order system works perfectly -- until the new corporate managers start laying off employees. Turns out, people actually doing their jobs is crucial to keeping technology working.
- Thinking he's smarter than his predecessor, an IT expert tries out an idea for configuring the company's file server. Instead, he confronts technical reality.
- If it ain't broke, don't touch it! A data center operator spends spare time on the day shift trying to increase operational efficiency, and one day fiddles with a power off button in the data center.
- Admins lavish attention on a critical database upgrade. But when the files disappear, it's obvious they missed crucial details.
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