The hidden powers of the common printer

It may seem like an innocent piece of equipment, but the office printer can uncover hidden weaknesses in hardware -- and personnel
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Behold the mighty printer: Integral to a business, used by all, and with the power to incite chaos if it quits working.

But its powers don't end there. It can be fickle enough to keep an IT department busy for days unraveling a hidden hardware mystery -- or be a determining factor in whether or not an employee gets fired.

Here are some real-life stories from IT pros, published in the anonymously written InfoWorld Off the Record blog, in which a printer plays a major role.

IT pros, if you have an on-the-job experience to submit, send your story to We'll send you a $50 American Express gift cheque if we publish it.

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