Been there, done that -- real-life IT tales

Techies share their most noteworthy IT experiences in InfoWorld's Off the Record blog

"Got amazing or amusing IT tales, lessons learned the hard way, or war stories from the tech trenches? Do you have a crazy-but-true tale about managing IT, developing apps, or supporting users?"

These are the questions we ask to get readers thinking about their personal adventures in IT. We then publish those stories in InfoWorld's Off the Record blog, keeping the writer anonymous. In the Comments section, readers often recall similar incidents and weigh in with further insights.

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In July, the collection included a story about how a user's lack of computer knowledge affected the entire company and a series of tales from a university's computer consulting office.

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