Category Archives: IT Horror Stories

Event code: 3008. A configuration error has occurred

This week, we were deploying some new files to our project (running on IIS). After adding the files, the app didn’t run, and we got the following error in the IIS logs: Event code: 3008 Event message: A configuration error … Continue reading

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Project hand-off, here you go

Maybe if you work in a big-enough company, you’ve experienced the thrill of being handed someone else’s program. Not only did someone else write it, you probably didn’t have any say in how it was written. Maybe the author(s) were co-workers, … Continue reading

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Wheels that need to squeak

I’m sure you have heard the phrase “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”. Basically, if you need something done and it is not just getting itself done, you should speak-up and complain, maybe even make a bit of a ruckus, … Continue reading

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“Ok, sorry”

Gather round, kids. A quick lesson in manners: Let’s just say that you are on your PC and you need to IM a friend or colleague. Your friend responds with “I can’t talk, I’m presenting right now” or “I’m in … Continue reading

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Excessive Diagnostics

When the dung hits the fan, everyone wants the problem fixed yesterday. If you are the kind of person who thinks-ahead and prepares for bad situations, it is probably because you have some experience in this matter, or you received … Continue reading

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Brinkmanship part 2

In part 1, I explained that brinkmanship is the craft of putting yourself (or your team) on-the-brink-of-disaster.  Some people seem to love to dabble in brinkmanship. Here is my “top 10 list” of favorite (as-in: must avoid) examples of brinkmanship … Continue reading

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Stay in your lane, boy

Lately, I’ve been enjoying some new music from “Twenty One Pilots”. One of the tracks is a catchy little tune “Stay in your lane”.  They must have received some unwelcomed advice from music execs: “They say Stay in your lane … Continue reading

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