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Man holds hand over mouth as he looks at monitor in a worried manner

Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

Who, Me? Welcome again to Who, Me?, where we invite Reg readers to begin the week crossing their fingers it will be better than those of our featured techies. This week, meet "Damian", whose tale is a warning not to get too cocky when demonstrating a security glitch. Damian's tale is of a time when he was working as an admin …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Aug 2018
Road closed sign

'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

Who, Me? Monday, bloody Monday. If you haven't quite recovered from the weekend, just thank your lucky stars there aren’t any major global diplomatic events to tangle with today. Unlike this week’s IT sinner, “Peter”, who writes in to El Reg’s regular confessional column Who, Me? to get an old incident off his chest. At the time in …
Rebecca Hill, 6 Aug 2018
Business man with suitcase jumping over urban obstacles

Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

Who, me? It's Monday morning and we've all been buried under the avalanche of emails we abandoned at pub o'clock last week. Take solace in the latest instalment of Who, Me?, where Reg readers confess their past blunders. And email is the name of the game this week. Reader "Steve" tells us about the time he was a sysadmin at a small …
Rebecca Hill, 30 Jul 2018
A fractal hole

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

Who, me? Welcome to another glimpse inside the dark-curtained (in)box that is "Who, me?" – El Reg's confessional column in which readers seek penance for sins of the past. This week, meet "George", who many years ago was one of two sysadmins in the office products division of a three-letter computer company. And was bored. Bored, bored …
Rebecca Hill, 23 Jul 2018
person in chemical repelling suit with a suspicious bottle

Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

Who, me? Welcome once more to “Who, me?”, in which we help Reg readers to unburden themselves by telling anonymised stories of big, bad, mistakes. This week meet “Luke” who told us that about 20 years ago he was in charge of disaster recovery “for an insurance company in San Francisco” and had “a series of ‘oh shit’ days.” Lue’s …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2018
Ethernet cable rises up like a snake (artist's impression). Image via shutterstock

Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

Who, me? Welcome once more to “Who, me?”, in which Reg readers ‘fess up to messes they made in the pursuit of IT excellence. This week meet “Iqbal” who told us about a Week from Hell he experienced in the year 2010, when working for a law firm. First came “a virus outbreak that infected Windows desktops” that required him to travel …

Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

Who, me? Special Welcome to a special edition of “Who, me?” The Register’s opportunity for readers to get their worst mistakes off their chests. We’re usually here on Mondays, but with the United States Independence Day making for slow news days, we decided to keep The Register’s servers red-lining by running an extra column. When we sneak in …
Finger pushes power button

Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

Who, me? Hello? Anyone there? We understand that plenty of you in the northern hemisphere might not bother this week. For those of you who are still working, welcome to another instalment of “Who, me?”, The Register’s confessional column in which readers reveal their worst mistakes. This week meet “Rick” who told us that in the mid- …

Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month

Who, me? Welcome again to Monday, and therefore to a new edition of “Who, me?”, The Register’s confessional column in which readers own their errors. This week meet “Stan” who told us that he once did the world a great service – for a week or two. Stan’s story started in 1998 when he “worked for a certain company that had developed a …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jun 2018
Time and space

Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

Who, me? Why hello there Monday! And hello, therefore, to a new instalment of “Who, me?”, The Register’s column in which readers confess to their c*ckups. This week meet “Lars” who told us he once worked for “a large outsourcing company” that assigned him to do some work on a major supermarket chain’s loyalty card program. One of the …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2018
falling currency

Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

Who, me? Welcome again to “Who, me?”, The Register’s Monday muck-up in which readers recount their worst mistakes. This week meet “Paul”, who managed to mess up the global insurance industry with a virtual currency. Here’s how. “The year was 1988,” Paul told Who, me? “I had just left school at 16 and started my first job as a …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2018
Tape cassette from the first models of a vintage Commodore 64

Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work

Who, me? Welcome again to “Who, me?”, The Register’s Monday mess – because it tells readers tales of breaking things. This week meet “Harvey” who told us a tale from 1986 when he worked for a company that decided Commodore 64 owners deserved a cheaper disk drive than the official model 1541. Said drive was called the SuperDrive 2000* …

Sysadmin's PC-scrub script gave machines a virus, not a wash

Who, me? Welcome again to “Who, me?”, The Register’s confessional column in which readers reveal their mistakes*. This week meet “Chad”, who told us that “Very early in my career, while I was still in community college, I worked as a computer lab assistant at the school.” His assistance was needed because students did all sorts of …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2018
Typing error

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
404 error

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
Power point electrical fire

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
Power board

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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