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Tales From IT – Fun Times At Work September 1, 2020

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Welcome back to Tales from IT, where I talk about some of my most noteworthy computer jobs. People have asked me if I ever get the opportunity to have fun on a job site. I know it may not look like it, but I’m actually a professional when it comes to my work. Typically, if I’m called in to do a job like fix a computer, I will focus entirely on that job until it is completed while I’m being assigned that job.

That said, occasionally I’m given 9 to 5 assignments that are not entirely structured, or I’m given the opportunity to be creative with my testing procedures while at work. This is a story of one of those times.

Tales from IT – Upgrading a Mac Mini to a Solid State Hard Drive August 3, 2020

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Maniac tells a story of how needlessly difficult and annoying it is to perform a simple upgrade of a 2014 Mac Mini’s Hard Drive.

Tales From IT – When a Printer is More Than Just a Printer June 8, 2020

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We’ve got a follow-up to our last Tales from IT, with a hiccup I encountered from a major network migration. I was under orders to pull all of the old printers from a major business. One particular user did not want their printer to go anywhere.

Tales From IT – How Dungeons and Dragons Prepared Me to Work for Major Companies June 7, 2020

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I know I said that we would retire Tales from IT, but given the current state of the world I thought it would be important to tell this personal story. Many of you may have been told while growing up that playing games with your friends would never help you in your life, and that harmless games like Dungeons & Dragons were bad for your personal growth. Your parents lied to you.

Here’s a story about a time I handled an important project for a major company. Not one single assignment I ever did in school was useful to me. The game of Dungeons & Dragons I learned how to play just a year earlier…was.

Tales from IT – These Tales Won’t Get You a Job September 12, 2019

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For some time now I’ve been concerned that people could watch my Tales from IT videos, memorize them and try to relay the stories as their own personal anecdotes with the intention to get themselves positions in the IT field they would otherwise be unqualified for. Well, I’m happy (or sad) to say that probably isn’t much of a concern as I thought it would be.

So here’s a story about one time I told one of these stories to a major job employer. I wasn’t qualified for the job, I had no experience in the position, but I had to apply for it because my technically-illiterate family read about it in the newspaper and wouldn’t cease harassing me about it.

I hope you all enjoyed the Tales from IT series because that will be the final video we will post in that series. More content (including TGS 2019 news) is on its way!

Tales from IT – My Most Frustrating Job May 22, 2019

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You might think being an IT guy is an easy job and while it is certainly less difficult than other professions (provided you have years of experience) it can have its moments of frustration. Customers frequently forget their own passwords or give you incorrect information about their system specifications. However, we won’t be talking about issues with end users today. Our currently most frustrating experience working at IT was a time we had to install new servers at a retailer.

How long did we spend on the job and were we able to finish it? Watch and find out.

Tales from IT – How PC Gaming Prepared me for IT March 20, 2019

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Welcome back to another Tales from IT. This is going to be a bit of a different kind of Tale in the fact we aren’t going to be discussing the events from one particular job, but instead talk about our history. Recently, I was asked to perform a task at work I had done tons of times before and I quipped about the first time I had ever done that particular task and why. I had done it because I wanted to play video games against my friends. I then realized I owed a lot to my gaming experiences, and since formal computer classes were never offered during my primary school education, gaming had taught me more useful life skills than anything I ever learned in school.

So where did my IT experiences come from, and how did it prepare me for a career? Watch below and find out.

Tales from IT – That Time I Unboxed and Updated 50 iPads in One Day December 17, 2018

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If you’re here because of the title, it pretty much speaks for itself. One day while working on a long-term IT assignment, I was asked at the last minute to set up iPads for fifty people. They had to be unboxed, put into cases, and updated. Since these devices were arriving system locked, preventing unauthorized users from setting them up and accessing the home screen, they could only be updated with iTunes. I was told all fifty iPads had to be ready by 7am the next morning. How did I do? What did it take? Did I make it? Watch and find out.

With the exception of maybe Louis Rothman, has anyone ever done this?

Tales From IT – How I Became Known as a Major Company’s iPhone Guy December 11, 2018

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Did you miss us? We are back with an all-new Tales From IT, where our host reveals some of the biggest challenges and greatest successes he’s had working as an IT consultant. Today we will be showing a new side of IT, the one where a company gives you room and board to work for them.

Maniac has fifteen years of iPhone experience but rarely uses it in a corporate setting. It just so happened that a major company he started working for exclusively used iPhone and iPad mobile devices, and the people using them would be in regular need of repairs and upgrades. Since most of his peers at the company were Android exclusive users, they had a disadvantage troubleshooting Apple’s quirks.

The second day of work, a third-party software update was released that bricked a large number of older phones and put them in an endless shutdown loop. Maniac was asked to fix them and if possible to recover the important data locked in each of the broken phones. He succeeded. Within two days his peers referred to him as the “iPhone Guy”. How did he do it? Watch the video below to find out!

Tales from IT – Dealing With The Red Ring of Death July 27, 2018

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We’re going to switch positions for today’s Tales from IT, and talk about a major issue I had to walk myself through. The Xbox 360 was a great console with a lot of great games. However, two out of every three Xbox 360 consoles would completely fail for no reason after just a few months. My first Xbox 360 failed after just four months of regular use, and at the time it failed Microsoft would not acknowledge any hardware issues with the console.

I was a broke college student who spent the last of his money on a very expensive console that broke for no reason. How could I get it fixed? This is without a doubt one of the most frustrating personal stories I will ever tell, and over a decade later the time has come to tell it.