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Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive

Who, me? If the thought of another week at work has you down, worry not: The Register has another instalment of “Who, me?” for you to read, so you can enjoy another tale of errors made by someone other than yourself! This week meet “Wayne” who wrote to confess that “Once I accidentally formatted the wrong hard drive.” “I arrived on …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2018
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Engineer crashed mega-corp's electricity billing portal, was promoted

Who, me? Welcome again to “Who, me?”, The Register’s confessional column in which techies unburden their souls by revealing that they have broken stuff. This week meet “Matt” who told us he works for a company that makes “email tracking software for corporate communications.” Said software uses a web server “to detect message opens and …
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2018
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Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

Who, me? Welcome to another edition of “Who, me?”, The Register’s confessional in which readers explain how they broke things. This week meet “Pete”, who way back in 1986 “was installing a dedicated file server for a small advertising agency.” And not just any server – a 3Com “3Server”, an oddity that tried to improve on early PC …

‘I broke The Pentagon’s secure messaging system – and won an award for it!’

Who, me? Welcome again to Who, me? The Register’s Monday column in which readers hang their heads in shame and admit to their past mistakes. This week, meet “Gladstone” who “many years ago was a contractor working in the Pentagon.” That Pentagon? Yup. That one. Where the US military does its business. Gladstone’s work there saw him “ …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2018
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Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

Who, me? Another working week beckons so once again let’s kick it off with a fresh instalment of Who, me? For those of you new to the column, it's The Register confessional for IT pros who broke things. This week we meet “Hayden”, who confessed that: “Back in 1992 I was sort of a snot nose kid just a few years out of college that knew …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2018
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'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'

Who, me? Welcome again to Who, me? In case you've missed previous editions of the column, it's a confessional in which readers share their stories of having broken stuff. Badly. This week, a fellow reader named "Bert" asked you to "Cast your mind back to the mid-90s when America Online (AOL) was the biggest online service and the …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2018
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Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations

Who, me? Welcome to Monday morning, dear readers. We’ll try to make it bearable for you by offering you a new instalment of “Who, me?”, The Register’s column in which readers share stories of having screwed things up. This week meet “Bruce” who told us that “Many years ago I was a junior sysadmin for a large battery manufacturer and I …

Sysadmin wiped two servers, left the country to escape the shame

Who, me? Grab a very small cake and a bunch of candles, dear readers, for today we mark the 10th edition of “Who, me?”, The Register’s confessional for IT pros who broke things badly. This week, meet “Graham” who “ended up as an authority on a fledging new product called SFT III from Novell. SFT stood for “system fault tolerance”. “ …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2018
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Sysadmin held a rack of servers off the ground for 15 mins, crashed ISP when he put them down

Who, me? Welcome to the ninth edition of Who, me? In case you’ve come late to the party, it’s The Register’s Monday column featuring readers’ tales of stuffing things up. This week, meet “Adam”, who told us “I worked for a regional internet service provider back in the mid 90s. The internet was just becoming a ‘big thing’ and we …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2018
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Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

Who, me? Welcome to the eighth edition of "Who, me?", the column in which Reg readers confess to moments at which they messed things up but good. This week meet "Ben" who told us that "On a Friday afternoon about five years ago I was asked to complete some backup scripts before the weekend." Ben told us his employer "was too tight to …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2018
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Sysadmin left finger on power button for an hour to avert SAP outage

Who, me? Welcome to the seventh instalment of Who, me? The Register's new column in which readers share stories of the times they broke stuff without any help at all from users. This week, meet "Jeremy" who back in 1999 scored his first "real" IT job "as part of a team sent out to run the IT at a big publisher." Said team was working …
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Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian

Who, me? Welcome to the sixth instalment of "Who, me?", The Register's confessional for IT pros who managed to break stuff before it became the kind of user-generated mess story we run in On-Call. This week, meet "Don" who told us that "Back in very late 2012 I spent almost two hours debugging a front-end error on an app." That's well …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2018
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Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face

Who, Me? Welcome to the fifth edition of Who, Me? It's a new Register weekly column in which readers confess to times their skills fell just a little – or a lot – short of what was required to stop things going pear-shaped. This week, meet "Dom", who back in the 1990s learned the "Clarion" programming language. Which wasn't much use …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2018
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Military techie mangled minicomputer under nose of scary sergeant

Who, Me? Welcome to the fourth edition of Who, Me?, The Register's new column in which techies share their shameful secrets. This week, meet a chap who asked to be called "an apprentice human" and who told us he once worked "at an Australian military training establishment in a coastal country town." It was the early 1990s and as this …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2018

‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’

Who, me? Welcome for the third time to Who, me? The Register’s new column in which readers ‘fess up to messes of their own making. This week, meet “Digby” and his powerful rear. Digby once worked for a business that started life as a division of another company. He arrived just as the new outfit was getting to his feet and found “the …
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Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe

Who, me? Welcome again to Who, Me? The Register’s new column* in which readers confess to times they performed sub-optimally and broke important stuff. This week, meet “Fred”, who begged us “Oh God, please don't use my real name or contact info.” Fred’s desire for anonymity stems from the fact that in the late 1970s he worked for a …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2018
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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

Who, me? Welcome to the very first edition of “Who, me?” a new Reg column we hope will prove as entertaining as our Friday On-Call tales of tech support gigs gone wrong. In Who, me? we’ll celebrate the times techies stuffed up, the lessons learned and the career consequences. To kick things off, meet “Alvin”, who “In the early '90s …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2018

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