Throwback Thursday: Just a basic project

Consultant gets the order to build an online store for a major client. But when he asks for specifications, he's told it's nothing special -- just a basic shopping cart.

04/19/18

Guess who didn't take care of it?

This software team supports a big financial application for Microsoft and Oracle databases -- and that's a problem when the Oracle code becomes an afterthought.

04/18/18

Hey, it may be the best idea this project has seen!

Pilot fish's team is working on a massive upgrade project -- complete with outside contractors, unmanageable management expectations and (surprise!) lots of problems.

04/17/18

Well, DID she ever change her password?

This pilot fish manages an email system for several clients, and he needs to pick good passwords from the get-go -- because these users will never bother changing them.

04/16/18

Big Data -- the 1970s version

It's the late 1970s, and this non-techie pilot fish gets a data processing job with his state's Motor Vehicles department -- where the tech is a little out of date.

04/13/18

Throwback Thursday: Just one thing

IT consultant pilot fish gets a panicked call from a client: The network and VoIP phones have all stopped working, but all anyone in the office did was go into a meeting.

04/12/18

No good deed goes unpunished

Pilot fish handles anything computer-related for this family-run business, which provides business services for large public events -- one of which has a large problem.

04/11/18

Root Cause Analysis

The company this pilot fish works for is acquired by a larger one, and everyone gets a new login based on just the employee's family name -- which in fish's case is Root.

04/10/18

Don't know about the pony, but that dog won't hunt

This vendor's free workshop on machine learning and big data is really a sales pitch for letting users create their own personal clouds. What could go wrong with that?

04/09/18

Shhhh!

IT admin at this public library is repurposing an old PC for use by the library's patrons -- but as he puts it in place, it sounds like something inside is falling apart!

04/06/18

Throwback Thursday: And they do this every month?

It's time to service this server room's air conditioning, and the AC vendor has sent a new team this month. So why does this pilot fish hear them screaming for help?

04/05/18

Why DOES it take IT so long to solve user problems?

This seasoned accountant has years of experience at a government agency, and plenty to keep her busy -- if IT can just keep the systems up long enough for her to log in.

04/04/18

Infinite loop

It's status update time in this IT shop, and one team member at a remote office is asked for a progress report on several projects -- but it's not exactly about progress.

04/03/18

What were they thinking?

This outfit assigns email addresses to its employees in a very common way -- first initial, last name. So why is the new guy having so much trouble with his mail?

04/02/18

Nothing like planning ahead

This big national meeting has been scheduled for months, and it starts on Monday -- so who's guaranteed to turn up at the IT manager's office late Friday afternoon?

03/30/18

Throwback Thursday: What could be simpler?

IT department sends out an email blast: From now on, all users will use a single login credential for all areas of the network. At last, an end to all those passwords!

03/29/18

Failure to launch

This space agency is creating a next-generation digital library for a new satellite observation system at an even newer facility -- one that isn't quite debugged yet.

03/28/18

Whaddya mean, 'Isn't it backed up?'

It's the 1970s, and this student's grade depends on 5,000 mainframe punch cards in a tray, and the hands of the operator who will run the program. What could go wrong?

03/27/18

Because what's more important than being on-brand?

Manager at this software vendor insists on admin rights to every system -- and likes to set passwords that consist of the name of the company's flagship product.

03/26/18

It's a miracle!

Company is hired to install new PCs with AutoCAD for a customer that designs custom conveyor systems -- a relatively simple job that's taking much longer than it should.

03/23/18

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