True tech confessions II: sinners and winners

Recursive deletes, deep-sixing servers, bugs that become rewarding features -- let he who is without IT sin cast the first bits

By , InfoWorld |  IT Management, data center, IT management

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We all make mistakes. But when you work in IT, those errors can quickly go public.

If you've never emailed profanities to 2,500 of your customers or sent a love note to colleagues at a dozen companies, consider yourself lucky.

We all make mistakes. But when you work in IT, those errors can quickly go public.

If you've never emailed profanities to 2,500 of your customers or sent a love note to colleagues at a dozen companies, consider yourself lucky.

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You might have deleted the entire contents of a server by accident or wiped out three months' worth of government agency data without a reliable backup on hand. You may have pulled a youthful prank that cut off Net access for thousands of your employer's customers. You could have deliberately shared your log-ons with everyone else in the company in order to make a point or unplugged network servers willy-nilly, just to see what would happen.

And when caught in a mistake, you might have invented an explanation so ingenious that it earned you a bonus at the end of the year.

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Here are seven true tales of IT screwups. Some names have been changed to protect the guilty. Don't laugh. One day, you may find yourself in eerily similar circumstances.

True tech confession No. 1: Email is a bitchIt's the classic oops moment. Compose an email, hit Send, then realize you've made a horrible mistake by sending it to the wrong person.


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