Misadventures - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/1980 en Working for the weekend? Not if you want to keep your job http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/working-the-weekend-not-if-you-want-keep-your-job-240383?source=rss_misadventures <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/man_with_smartphone.jpg" alt="Working for the weekend? Not if you want to keep your job" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Cringely IT Jobs Misadventures Mobile Technology Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:07:29 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 240383 at http://www.infoworld.com Google launches bid for America's Cup http://www.infoworld.com/t/misadventures/google-launches-bid-americas-cup-239528?source=rss_misadventures <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/google_barge.jpg" alt="Google launches bid for America's Cup" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Reuters/Stephen Lam</p> </em></div><p><em>[This is an April Fools' story. It is fiction, not fact, though it may contains fact. --Ed.] </em></p> April Fools' Day Misadventures Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239528 at http://www.infoworld.com Casting call: 'Real Housewives of Silicon Valley' http://www.infoworld.com/t/misadventures/casting-call-real-housewives-of-silicon-valley-239547?source=rss_misadventures <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/diamond.jpg" alt="Casting call: 'Real Housewives of Silicon Valley'" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Lawrence Lawry</p> </em></div><p><em>[This is an April Fools' story. It is fiction, not fact, though it may contains fact. --Ed.] </em></p> April Fools' Day Misadventures Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239547 at http://www.infoworld.com 16 terrible computer pranks that could get you fired http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/146350/16-terrible-computer-pranks-could-get-you-fired-239254?source=rss_misadventures <!--paging_filter-->Look, you're an adult human being. You're better than this. Don't do any of the things in this slideshow<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Look, you&#039;re an adult human being. You&#039;re better than this. Don&#039;t do any of the things in this slideshow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> networkworld.com </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.networkworld.com/slideshow/145725 </div> </div> </div> Misadventures Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 admin 239254 at http://www.infoworld.com Video: The Onion has your killer app right here http://www.infoworld.com/t/mobile-apps/video-the-onion-has-your-killer-app-right-here-239094?source=rss_misadventures <p>Tech CEO Thomas Fisk asked himself a very important question: "What are two separate things? And can I turn one of those things into the other thing?" The answers to those questions led him to create PicSong, the app the turns photos into music. "That's kind of a cool thing, right? Don't you think you might want to use that for some reason?" Answering his own question, Fisk states, "This is the thing that solves your problem, whatever it is."</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.theonion.com/video_embed/?id=1994" width="480" height="270" scrolling="no" frameborder="no"></iframe></p> Mobile Technology Misadventures Mobile Apps Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 InfoTube 239094 at http://www.infoworld.com It's a bird! It's a plane! It's your pink slip! http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/its-bird-its-plane-its-your-pink-slip-238542?source=rss_misadventures <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 202px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/1024px-MQ-9_Reaper.jpg" alt="It's a bird! It's a plane! It's your pink slip!" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Wikipedia/USAF Photographic Archives</p></em></div> Mobile Technology Cringely Misadventures Mobile Technology Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 238542 at http://www.infoworld.com Stupid user tricks: The most embarrassing flubs yet http://www.infoworld.com/t/misadventures/stupid-user-tricks-the-most-embarrassing-flubs-yet-238173?source=rss_misadventures <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 172px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/oops-sign.jpg" alt="Stupid user tricks: The most embarrassing flubs yet" width="243" height="162" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Andy Dean</p> </em></div><p>Technology has made it easier than ever to communicate with colleagues and customers from all over the world. It's also made it easier than ever to make ourselves look very, very stupid.</p> Applications Mobile Technology Facebook Misadventures Email Software Smartphones Social Networking Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jason Snyder 238173 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft: Misery sure loves this company http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/microsoft-misery-sure-loves-company-237571?source=rss_misadventures <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/microsoft_fire.jpg" alt="Microsoft: Misery sure loves this company" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> The Industry Standard Microsoft Madness Cringely Misadventures Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 237571 at http://www.infoworld.com Friends don't let friends migrate Active Directory alone http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/friends-dont-let-friends-migrate-active-directory-alone-236565?source=rss_misadventures <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/12OPopenent_hp.jpg" alt="Friends don't let friends migrate Active Directory alone" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>One aspect of the IT world I truly appreciate is the community's generosity with their knowledge and time.</p> Microsoft Windows Active Directory Misadventures Windows Server Email Software Tech Support Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 J. Peter Bruzzese 236565 at http://www.infoworld.com Video: John Oliver chews up, spits out techies at TechCrunch Awards http://www.infoworld.com/t/technology-business/video-john-oliver-chews-spits-out-techies-techcrunch-awards-236244?source=rss_misadventures <p>Fair warning: The video below contains some NSFW language. Fairer warning: The video below is also quite funny.</p> The Industry Standard Misadventures Technology Business Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:38:21 +0000 InfoTube 236244 at http://www.infoworld.com Let us now bury Sony and Flappy Bird, not praise them http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/let-us-now-bury-sony-and-flappy-bird-not-praise-them-236083?source=rss_misadventures <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/stop_hand.jpg" alt="Let us now bury Sony and Flappy Bird, not praise them" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Cringely Misadventures Technology Business Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 236083 at http://www.infoworld.com Happy 40th anniversary, Dungeons & Dragons, from all your grateful geeks http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/happy-40th-anniversary-dungeons-dragons-all-your-grateful-geeks-234912?source=rss_misadventures <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/d_and_d_dice.jpg" alt="Happy 40th anniversary, Dungeons &amp; Dragons, from all your grateful geeks" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Wikipedia/Diacritica</p></em></div> Cringely Misadventures Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 234912 at http://www.infoworld.com Stop headhunters from ruining meetups http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/stop-headhunters-ruining-meetups-234791?source=rss_misadventures <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/handshake_shadows_hp.jpg" alt="Stop headhunters from ruining meetups" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Like most people, I have a <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/happy-birthday-linkedin-the-biggest-social-network-no-one-uses-217993">LinkedIn account</a>, so I expect daily spam from bots and meatbots who don't actually read my profile, b Application Development IT Jobs Application Development Misadventures Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Andrew Oliver 234791 at http://www.infoworld.com Silicon Valley's 'meritocracy' hides a discriminatory streak http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/silicon-valleys-meritocracy-hides-discriminatory-streak-234313?source=rss_misadventures <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/fired2.jpg" alt="Silicon Valley's 'meritocracy' hides a discriminatory streak" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Steve Cole</p></em></div> The Industry Standard Misadventures Information Technology Careers Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 234313 at http://www.infoworld.com Cringely's crystal ball: 10 crazy tech predictions for 2014 http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/133612/cringelys-crystal-ball-10-crazy-tech-predictions-2014-233081?source=rss_misadventures <!--paging_filter-->NSA plots and locks, Google robots, all things drone -- InfoWorld's cyber sleuth reveals what to expect this year in tech<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NSA plots and locks, Google robots, all things drone -- InfoWorld&#039;s cyber sleuth reveals what to expect this year in tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> infoworld.com </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/133612 </div> </div> </div> Misadventures Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 admin 233081 at http://www.infoworld.com The worst IT project disasters of 2013 http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/the-worst-it-project-disasters-of-2013-232402?source=rss_misadventures <p>Trends come and go in the technology industry but some things, such as IT system failures, <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/research/2012/121012-the-scariest-software-project-horror-264971.html" target="_blank">bloom eternal.</a></p> <p>"Nothing has changed," said analyst Michael Krigsman of consulting firm Asuret, an expert on why IT projects go off the rails. "Not a damn thing."</p> Applications Internet IT Management Misadventures IT Strategy Applications Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 admin 232402 at http://www.infoworld.com You shouldn't have! Secret Santas of Silicon Valley http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/you-shouldnt-have-secret-santas-of-silicon-valley-233011?source=rss_misadventures <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/wrapped_gift.jpg" alt="You shouldn't have! Secret Santas of Silicon Valley" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Cringely Misadventures Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:50:04 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 233011 at http://www.infoworld.com #FiveWordTechHorrors: Your IT nightmares, in brief http://www.infoworld.com/t/misadventures/fivewordtechhorrors-your-it-nightmares-in-brief-232490?source=rss_misadventures <p>Brevity is the soul of wit, as Ernest Hemingway once demonstrated when he wrote his six-word short story: "For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn."</p> <p>Now, the explosion of the #FiveWordTechHorrors hashtag on Twitter has shown you can sum up all the ghastliness and heartache of IT in phrases of one word less than Hemingway's example. Here's a collection of the most pithy, pointed, and perceptive favorites:</p> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>We can add security later. &nbsp;</p></blockquote> Misadventures Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:44:42 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 232490 at http://www.infoworld.com Pray for the blue swamp -- and other Microsoft mysteries revealed http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/pray-the-blue-swamp-and-other-microsoft-mysteries-revealed-231507?source=rss_misadventures <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/question.jpg" alt="Pray for the blue swamp -- and other Microsoft mysteries revealed" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Hemera Technologies</p></em></div> Cringely Misadventures Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:24:22 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 231507 at http://www.infoworld.com The secret to troubleshooting performance problems http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/the-secret-troubleshooting-performance-problems-230610?source=rss_misadventures <p>In my years in IT, I've seen ridiculous actions taken in the name of improving performance. I've seen hundreds of high-end thin clients sporting more horsepower than a typical PC deployed simply to run a remote desktop client. I've seen a whole blade chassis's worth of servers deployed to do the work of a single server. I've seen video cards designed for gaming installed in desktops to make a line-of-business application work better.</p> Applications Data Explosion IT Management Misadventures IDG Insider Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 230610 at http://www.infoworld.com